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'We didn't quit.' How a stolen Dachshund made his way back to his family

Kaley Johnson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Cats & Dogs News

"I checked my email and it was a picture of RJ in (Stark's) arms and he was licking his face," Phillips said. "I can't even describe the feelings when we got him back. It was an act of God the way everything transpired and that we were able to get him back."

Phillips said he has lived in the town for 28 years and never thought of it as a place where someone would steal his dog. He plans on pressing charges against Wade and Mooring.

Phillips said while he is not angry at Amazon, he hopes the company will be more attentive to who they hire as delivery drivers.

"They're giving their work to untrustworthy people, and they're coming to our houses," he said. "We're letting strangers onto our properties and giving them access to our homes. I really hope they will up their standards."

However, he added Amazon was extremely helpful in finding Wade and Mooring, and the company sent RJ a gift basket when he was returned.

Amazon condemned the actions of the delivery drivers in a statement to the Weatherford Democrat.

"This does not reflect the high standards we have for delivery service partners. We're glad the customer has been reunited with their pet, and we have been in touch with them to make it right," the statement said. "We take these matters seriously and these individuals are no longer delivering Amazon packages."


Phillips also has a message for anyone whose dog is stolen or goes missing.

"Don't give up on your dog. We knew our chances of getting him back were not good, but we didn't quit -- that's the only reason we got him back. If you love your dog, and your dog is family, don't give up on your dog," he said.

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