Auckland dog believed stolen returned to joyous family

Cooper after he had been found.
Cooper after he had been found. Photo credit: Supplied

A French bulldog that had been missing from his family for two full weeks has finally come home.

Cooper, an 18-month-old French bulldog, disappeared on the morning of June 22 after Jeneene Smith and her son Joel Glanville went out for a couple of hours.

The cat door the dog used to get in and out of the house had been damaged and some parcels were also missing, leading the family to believe he may have been stolen.

They contacted the police and spent two weeks handing out flyers as they desperately tried to bring him home. A fundraiser was even set up in an attempt to raise a reward for Cooper. Ms Smith told Newshub the money donated will now be gifted to Paw Justice and Chained Dogs Rehabilitation.

Cooper at the building site.
Cooper at the building site. Photo credit: Supplied

After two weeks of searching, Cooper was found on a building site on Friday morning, apparently dumped.

His family are overjoyed to have him back and posted photos of Mr Glanville holding Cooper in his arms on the site.

Ms Smith said he's now going to be taken to the vet to see if he's okay after the ordeal.