The delighted owners of a 16-week-old puppy which was snatched by opportunistic thieves on a motorbike have been reunited with their pet.
Tiny spaniel Alfie was taken last week by a pair of thieves in a bank raid-style operation which was captured on CCTV.
Despite frantic efforts by owners Pauline and Ian Parsons to find him, it was only after their story hit the headlines on MailOnline that Alfie was returned.
The King Charles Cavalier spaniel was handed back by a couple who bought him only hours after he was snatched from outside the family business in West Bromwich.
They said they were walking their own dog when a man approached them and asked if they wanted to buy another dog.
They handed over the £150 asking price for the puppy after being told that he was the last of a large litter.
Then they saw the press coverage about Alfie's disappearance and contacted the Parsons family.
Alfie was quickly reunited with his owners who said that he is slowly getting over the ordeal.
Mr and Mrs Parsons, both 45, from Coseley, West Midlands, had watched in disbelief as two men roared up on a motorbike and snatched their pet from a playpen outside the family-run Metal Supermarket.
The pillion rider got off, scooped up Alfie and wedged the dog between him and the driver before they sped off.
Mrs Parsons said: 'Alfie was a bit timid at first, but he's settling back in now.‘
'It must have been a bit of a shock for him.'
She added: 'I've got to be honest, I didn't think we'd see him again. He's so little, and it would be so easy to shift him on to someone else.'