A North-east farmer today told how his family was “reunited” after the safe return of his four sheep dogs.
The animals were stolen while Roddy Scarborough slept – and he thanked those who helped bring his beloved dogs home.
Roddy, 56, was distraught when Zak, Tess, Fly and Meg were taken by thieves from his farm in the Cairnie area near Huntly on Wednesday night or Thursday morning.
Three of the fully-trained sheep dogs were retrieved on Friday around 30 miles away on and near the road to Alford, while the last and eldest, 10-year-old Meg, was discovered on Saturday six miles further down the road.
Roddy, a lifelong sheep farmer who runs 1,700 ewes and between 500 and 600 ewe hoggs, explained that media coverage played a vital role in their recovery.
He urged other dog owners to take pictures of their four-legged friends in case of thefts.
He said: “The guy that found the three dogs first, he recognised them from the paper and matched them to the pictures. I would advise anybody with a dog to take a decent photo of them in case they do go missing.
“It brings it home to people that are reading.
“And also chip them. That’s going to be law shortly anyway – it’s a very good idea.
“The response on social media was unbelievable.
“I’d just like to thank everybody who posted on it and all the help and comments on there.”
He added: “It’s fantastic. The family is reunited.”
When asked about the thieves, Roddy said: “What can you say to them?
“They have no conscience. They are the lowest of the low. They’re just scum, no other words can describe them.”
The Scarboroughs have stepped up security at the farm following the incident.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said inquiries were ongoing into the theft.