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Family thanks community after stolen puppy returned home

She was taken during a break-in in Minnetonka last Tuesday.

A Minnetonka family is thanking community members for aiding in the return of a puppy who was stolen during a burglary last week.

Zoey, a five-month-old purebred miniature schnauzer, was taken along with several other items from the home of Mike Mehle on Tuesday morning.

A relative's post about the theft on Facebook would end up getting thousands of shares, and it didn't take long for the media to find out what had happened.

The attention seems to have paid off, with Zoey having been found and returned to the Mehle family this weekend:

"It was because all of you posted, shared and prayed for Zoeys return," wrote Kate Keeney, niece of the Mehles, in an update to the original Facebook post. "I cannot thank everyone enough for everything!!! I am ugly crying and I'm smiling!!!!!!! Thank you, thank you!!!"

FOX 9 says the pup was driven back to the Mehles' home on Saturday afternoon, with Mike Mehle calling Zoey's return an "Easter miracle."

“Thanks again to everyone in the entire metro area who were sincerely concerned for the well being of Zoey and our families’ ability to cope with the loss,” he told FOX 9.  

How the dog was tracked down is still unclear. In a subsequent Facebook post, Kenney comments that few details are available because the case is "still under investigation."

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