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Tip-off results in puppy & playmate reunion

There are some things that money can’t buy.  This birthday surprise was the best present ever for four-year old Devantae and Crime Stoppers WA was pleased to be part of it.

It’s a birthday surprise Perth boy Devantae Hira will never forget.

After two days of painful separation from his best friend Paua — a six-month-old English Staffordshire pup — Devantea was woken on his fourth birthday yesterday by licks and cuddles from his beloved pooch.

“Paua ran into Devantae’s bedroom and jumped all over him,” Devantae’s mother Juanita said yesterday.

“I think they were both happy to see each other.”

A neighbour’s CCTV camera captured two men leaping from a Holden Commodore and snatching the pup outside the Hiras’ Huntingdale home on Tuesday morning.

A Crime Stoppers tip-off led police to an Armadale home early yesterday, where they found Paua safe and sound.

The circumstances of Paua’s disappearance are under investigation by police — no arrests had been made or charges laid last night.

Just before 4am yesterday, police knocked on the Huntingdale family’s door to deliver the good news.

Ms Houpapa said it was an emotional reunion as Paua was collected at the Armadale police station while Devantae slept.

The family paid $3000 for the rare puppy but Perth pet shops are advertising English Staffordshire puppies for up to $4500.

Michael Traill, The West Australian 3/7/20

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

Working Together by DuShong

The artwork titled ‘Working Together’ represents the Aboriginal tribes of Western Australia working together in harmony to rejuvenate the land by controlled fires.

In this artwork it also represents our community today working together to keep our neighbourhood safe from crime.

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