Published: 00:00, 07 October 2014
Two huskies taken by thieves last week have been found safe and well.
Koko and Suka were stolen from kennels at Eagle Heights in Lullingstone Lane, Eynsford, near Dartford, overnight last Friday.
They have now been found abandoned in two separate parks near The Shard building in London.
Two different people came across the dogs and took them into their care.
They had seen the Facebook campaign for the safe return of the pair and so knew to contact Eagle Heights wildlife park in Dartford where they belong.
Daniel Clark, who works at the park, said on the Eagle Heights Facebook page: "We are pleased to announce that Suka and Koko have been found safe and well.
"Luckily they had seen the Facebook campaign and knew to contact Eagle Heights, so thank you to everybody who shared the campaign.
"We received a call and we were there as soon as we could be.
"Keeper David Gooden was so overwhelmed that he cried with joy.
"The huskies are now back at the centre and have been reunited with their mum, Heidi, and Dave their keeper.
"Thank you to everybody who has shared, commented and helped us find our huskies! We cannot thank you all enough.
Mr Clark also announced that the park is going to start a fundraising campaign to ensure the security of the kennels, which will include alarm systems and upgrading CCTV.
Thieves broke into the bird-of-prey centre on Friday, October 3 and stole the pair of huskies.
Daniel Ben Clark, who works at the wildlife park office, said at the time: “The two dogs, Koko and Suka, were taken after their enclosures were broken into.
“My heart just sank when I realised they had gone.
“Why anybody would want our two huskies is beyond me and we desperately want them back.”
Keeper David Gooden rushed to the site when he heard the news.
Park manager Christopher Belsey said: “He was very upset when he saw what had happened. He cried like a baby.
“We rescued them a long time ago and they have gone and left their mum behind – she slept in the same enclosure as them.
“The front of the enclosure had been ripped open. She could have got out at any point, but she couldn’t leave because she was too scared."
The stealing of the huskies is just part of a string of criminal activity the park has been subjected to over the years – including incidents of hare coursing and other types of theft.
In response to this incident, Mr Besley said CCTV has now been installed at the park.
Eagle Heights, which opened in 1996, is one of the UK’s largest bird-of-prey centres with a collection of around 150 raptors.
It is also an expanding wildlife sanctuary with many different species of animals, including the huskies, meerkats, snakes, lizards, ponies and camels.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the police on 101 or call the centre on 01322 866577.
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