Puppy stolen from Melbourne shopping centre reunited with owner

A puppy has been reunited with its owner after it was taken when the man’s car was stolen from a Melbourne shopping centre.

Ryley, a seven-month-old German Shepherd, was in a cage inside his owner’s black Holden Commodore wagon when the car was stolen from Cranbourne West Shopping Centre at about 7.50am.

His owner, 73-year-old Roy Smith, had just run into the bakery briefly, as he does most mornings, and was highly distressed to return to his parking spot to find his car and beloved pet gone.

The best friends have been reunited after Ryley was stolen with Roy Smith’s car. (Nine)
Puppy Ryley has been reunited with owner Roy Smith. (Nine)

“I come back 90 seconds later and no car,” Smith said.

He said Ryley had only just come out of surgery yesterday and needed to be given medication.

Fortunately, the puppy was found in a reserve in nearby suburb Narre Warren South around 10.30am and taken to the local pound.

Smith’s car was then found abandoned on Marsh Grove in Berwick just before 11am.

Ryley has been returned to his owned. (Nine)

Smith has told 3AW his car had been damaged inside and littered with hamburgers and drinks, and the cage he used for his dog was no longer inside.

However, he was just mostly excited to be reunited with his pup.

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“He’s my best friend,” Smith said.

“You need to watch who you hang around with,” Smith jokingly told Ryley at their reunion.

Ryley back at home. (Nine)

Smith said he was “over the moon” to have Ryley back.

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