A tale of Fatty Brown

Danielle RaffaeleNorth West Telegraph
South Hedland Police Community Engagement Team member Tracy Pickett with Fatty Brown at South Hedland Vet
Camera IconSouth Hedland Police Community Engagement Team member Tracy Pickett with Fatty Brown at South Hedland Vet

Local officers conducting a search warrant in South Hedland made an unusual and furry discovery last week while trying to retrieve allegedly stolen items from a suburban property.

South Hedland police community engagement team member Tracy Pickett, was part of a team who retrieved an allegedly stolen bull-mastiff-cross named Fatty Brown while completing a routine search, later reuniting him with his breeder.

On April 17 police searched an address in South Hedland to locate allegedly stolen goods. As police searched the home they noticed a dog with no collar was following them around the house throughout the investigation.

Several days later, breeder Sharlene Delaney made an appeal on social media to locate Fatty Brown, which police realised matched the description of the puppy seen during the search.

Officers returned to the address and seized the young pup.

In a lucky twist of fate, when police took Fatty Brown to South Hedland Vet for a microchip check, Ms Delaney simultaneously called to inquire about the missing puppy.

A juvenile male is facing charges in South Hedland Children’s Court in relation to possession of unlawfully obtained property.

The puppy now has his forever home with owner Kellie Walker in Newman and has acquired the new name Creed.

Ms Delaney said she cried tears of joy when she was reunited with her young pup.

“We were away at the time he got lost so it was really stressful,” she said. “There were lots of tears from me and the new owner when I told her we found him.”

Ms Walker said though it was “devastating” to get the initial phone call that her puppy-to-be was missing it was a “big relief” to be united with him in Hedland.

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