UPDATE: Lexington dog back home after being taken to Frankfort in stolen van

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Police have found a stolen van along with the dog that was inside the vehicle when it happened.

According to the dog’s owner, Suzanne Shaffar, police in Frankfort located the van and the missing pup Tuesday night.

She says family members and friends had spent the whole day looking for the goldendoodle, and they’re excited to have him home again.

Shaffar’s mother-in law had run into a business on Industry Road for a quick errand as she left the family’s one-year-old goldendoodle, Charlie, in the running car, so he wouldn’t get too hot. When she came out, the golden Toyota Sienna and Charlie were gone.

FOX 56 has reached out to Frankfort police for more information on how the van and dog were found.

This is Charlie:

He’s a 65-pound standard, white goldendoodle. He’s wearing two blue collars, one is an invisible fence shock collar with a sensor on it. The car is a , with license plate number 9611DV. Charlie is microchipped, and would probably come up to people if they called his name.

Shaffar says she doesn’t care about her car, she just wants their missing furry family member found safe.

“I hate to say it’s a nightmare, I know people have it way worse than we do, but it is kind of a nightmare for our family,” Shaffar said.

A police report has been filed, and friends and family of the Shaffar’s have been searching for Charlie on foot non-stop since he was stolen.

“We haven’t told my son yet, he’s seven. We really hope Charlie comes home before we have to tell him,” Shaffar said.

Shaffer says she is offering a reward for Charlie’s safe return, no questions asked.

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