Caring, sharing Facebook folk see dogs return

Farmer Alistair McLean with dogs Meg and Sheila
Farmer Alistair McLean with dogs Meg and Sheila

A farmer has been reunited with the sheepdogs that were stolen from his car – thanks to animal lovers on a social networking site.

Alastair McLean was feeding his cows near Avonbridge last Thursday at 1pm when thieves made off with his Land Rover Defender – with the two pets in the back.

Alastair, who also works as an HGV driver with Tesco in Livingston and lives near Linlithgow, said: “I was away from the car for a few seconds when they stole it.

“They must have been watching me and knew my routine as I always feed the cows at the same time.

“I wasn’t bothered about the car; the insurance can take care of that.

“I was far more concerned about the dogs.”

His daughter, Hazel, took to Facebook and shared pictures of Meg and Sheila, as well as the Land Rover.

And within a matter of a few hours they had been viewed over 20,000 times.

Incredibly, a couple in North Lanarkshire who found the dogs saw it.

They had seen the dogs being pushed out of the Land Rover at Salsburgh, 17 miles from where they were first taken.

Assuming they had been dumped by their owner and with no microchips or address on their collars, the kindly couple took them in.

Alastair (55) said: “Luckily they saw the photo on Facebook.

“At 11 pm they got in touch and by midnight we had them home.

“I’m no fan of social media but the response to the dogs was incredible and we would not have got the dogs back without it.

“Thankfully, lots of people took the time to share the picture and that meant we got Meg and Sheila home safe.”

If you have any information on the theft of the 1998 dark green Land Rover Defender, call Police Scotland on 101.