Joy as Ukrainian refugee family are reunited with eight-year-old Yorkshire Terrier Ellie stolen six days after they arrived in UK after police trawl CCTV footage and find beloved pet at a nearby house
- Ellie was stolen from outside the Litvinovas’ home in Streatham on Sunday
- Family-of-five had only arrived in the UK six days before after fleeing Kharkiv
- Mother Lina Litvinova, 40, thanked everyone who helped them get Ellie back
- Met Police said enquiries are still ongoing but no arrests have been made
A Ukrainian family who had their dog stolen six days after they arrived in the UK have been reunited with their beloved Yorkshire Terrier.
Police launched a hunt for eight-year-old Ellie and after trawling through CCTV footage they found the dog in a nearby house safe and well.
Lina and Oleksiy Litvinova, both 40, their children Ivan, 17, and Kira, nine months, and Lina’s mum Larysa, 66, had been left devastated when Ellie was stolen from outside their temporary home in Streatham, south London on Sunday.
The family, from Kharkiv, had arrived in the UK just six days before, having driven 2,000 miles for three days across ten countries to escape the war in their homeland.
Lina (centre) and Oleksiy (right) Litvinova, both 40, their children Ivan, 17, and Kira (left), nine months, and Lina’s mum Larysa, 66, are delighted to be reunited with their beloved dog Ellie
Eight-year-old Yorkshire Terrier Ellie was reunited with her family on Wednesday after she was found safe and well in a nearby house
Ellie, who had been part of the Litvinova family since she was a puppy, was reunited with her owners on Wednesday night.
A very relieved Lina said: ‘We are just so happy to have Ellie back.
‘There was always the awful possibility of not seeing her again. But this is the best present for us all.
‘We would like to thank everyone who has helped get Ellie back.
Ring doorbell footage from a house across the street showed a red BMW stop at the side of the road on Sunday morning as the little dog ran out the house
The Litvinova family had been left devastated when Ellie was stolen just six days after they arrived in the UK. Pictured: Ivan, Oleksiy and Lina with Ellie
‘All the people across the country who have shared the appeal poster and photos on social media and the police who were great.
‘Thank you everybody, our family is back together now.’
Ring doorbell footage showed the moment a red BMW stopped in the middle of the road outside the family-of-five’s house on Sunday morning and Ellie could be seen running out.
Lina (pictured) thanked everyone who shared the appeal online and helped reunite the family with their dog
Lina claims two people in the BMW told passersby they were the owners before snatching the dog and driving off with her in broad daylight.
Lina said: ‘This sort of thing just doesn’t seem to happen back in our home town of Kharkiv.
‘But we arrive here in England and within a few days Ellie is snatched.’
A Met Police spokesman told MailOnline: ‘A dog stolen from a family who had recently arrived in the UK from Ukraine has been returned to them following a proactive investigation.
‘Police were contacted at approximately 13:40hrs on Sunday, 7 August after Yorkshire Terror ‘Ellie’ was stolen from their address earlier that morning.
‘Officers from the Central South Command Unit’s Safer Neighbourhoods Team began investigating, and following witness, CCTV and vehicle enquiries police attended an address in Surrey, where Ellie was located safe and well.
‘She has since been returned to her family. They were kept updated at each stage of the investigation.
‘Enquiries continue with regards the circumstances around her theft. No arrests have been made at this time.’