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Sunday 19 August 2018

I was sure Teddy was dead, says relieved Twink

Teddy and Twink are re-united
Teddy and Twink are re-united

Twink has warned about a dog-stealing epidemic after her pet pooch Teddy was taken from her home.

"They have no scruples, they don't care that the dog is loved and they have such sophisticated ways of taking them now as well," she told the Herald.

"The amount of dogs being taken around the country is ridiculous, it's like an epidemic and I only realised how bad it was after my own Teddy was taken last week."

However, her beloved Yorkshire terrier was discovered late on Tuesday night after gardai got a tip-off from a member of the public. The panto queen was overjoyed to have Teddy back with her brood of dogs.

"I can't tell you how relieved I am," she said. "I really didn't think we were going to get him back. It had been almost a week and I was convinced that he had was dead.

"I can't believe that I got him back in one piece, although he is a little shy at the moment. All he wants are cuddles," she added.

Twink - whose real name is Adele King - also admitted that a positive part of the tale was that she had mended fences with her old pal Linda Martin after a falling out.

"Linda and I have buried the hatchet and at least for once it's not in each other's backs," she laughed.

"She was brilliant and I'm delighted that our love of animals has brought us back together.

"We were both laughing on the phone of how we were sick of avoiding each other at events and concerts, so it's great to be on good terms again," she added.

supportive

The veteran stage star also spoke of how her daughters Chloe and Naoimi had been so upset by the dog-napping. "It was very hard for the girls, what with us only losing Bertie Ahern (their dog that passed away) a few days beforehand," she said.

Her ex-husband David Agnew has also been supportive throughout the whole ordeal.

"David and I are very civil now and he made a very good point that even if we didn't get Teddy back, we've raised so much awareness that something good has come out of the situation."

A man who was questioned by gardai over Teddy's disappearance has been released and a file has been sent to the DPP.

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