THE family of Toby - an autism assistance dog presumed stolen in County Limerick - have expressed their delight that he is back home.
The companion of Peter Meskell, from Castleconnell, went missing between Sunday night and Monday morning. A local and national media appeal has got a huge response over the last few days but there was no sign of Toby until after 5pm on Wednesday evening.
Peter’s mum, Nicola Meskell said: “I am thrilled! I can’t believe it, I have Toby here beside me on the couch. Peter sat on the floor and gave him a big cuddle, he was delighted,”
TV3 reporters, who were down to help with the appeal, had just left around 5pm on Wednesday evening when the Meskells got the phone call that Toby was seen near Daly’s Cross. That area had been well searched.
“My husband went up and with the help of some neighbours corralled him and brought him home. He was very wet and dirty and very sore but he has had his medication and is yawning in my face. I don’t know where he was or who may have had him or mistakenly picked him up or looked after him but we are just very glad to have him home, and we are thankful to the media and to whoever may have brought him or assisted in spotting him. If someone took him and they brought him back through the kindness of the hearts - at the end of the day we are glad to have him home,” said Nicola.