Missing Long Island Dog "Cookie" Returned to Family

The dog disappeared after the home was burglarized, police said

Monday, Aug 5, 2013  |  Updated 9:10 AM EDT
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A dog named Cookie that went missing from a Long Island home after it was burglarized last week was found and returned to her family, police said.

Police said the dog was in good condition.

Gus Lafkas returned to his home Monday afternoon to find his front door open. He called police, who went in the house and discovered valuables missing from the home, along with Cookie. 

Lafkas' wife, Patty Lafkas, said at the time that she believed Cookie, a Shih Tzu Bichon mix, had been stolen.

"He's not the type of dog that would just run off," she said. "He's a homebody, always in the backyard or in the house with us. Definitely, somebody took him."

The Nassau County SPCA had offered a $1,000 reward for the return of the dog, but it was unclear whether it had been claimed.

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