The hapless hound was discovered by a local farmer in a barn on Monday morning and police confirmed that early fears over Semsi’s abduction may have proved unfounded as the dog had probably evaded the burglars by going out for an impromptu walk.
Police in Skåne launched a search for Semsi, who is a reddish-brown American Staffordshire Terrier, after she was reported missing following the burglary of a family home in Hötofta in southern Sweden at the weekend.
“It is very unusual that thieves make off with a dog,” Stefan Mårtensson at Ystad police told local newspaper Skånska Dagbladet on Sunday.
The dog’s owners expressed concern that Semsi may have been taken to be used for fighting.
“She is only a year old, very calm and kind. So it was no great challenge to take her with them,” the family told the newspaper.
A description of Semsi was forwarded to police forces across the county despite early reports of a sighting.
Neighbours in the vicinity of the burgled house reported having seen a red car driving slowly and coming to a stop by a nearby meadow. A dog matching Semsi’s description was then released from the car.
Aside from the family pet the thieves were also reported to have made off with an exclusive home entertainment system and various items of value in their Saturday night raid.