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Stolen dog reunited with owners after more than a year, alleged dognapper arrested

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Pippin and the Sheriff's Deputy who found him. Penelope Whipple's booking photo. (Photo: Washington Co. Sheriff's Office) Pippin and the Sheriff's Deputy who found him. Penelope Whipple's booking photo. (Photo: Washington Co. Sheriff's Office)
Timothy and Aaron Esau with Pippin. Timothy and Aaron Esau with Pippin.
SHERWOOD, OR (KPTV) -

A dog that was stolen in December 2014 has been reunited with its owners, and the woman who reportedly stole the dog has been arrested.

On Nov. 30, Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called out about a stolen Australian Shepard named Pippin in the 18400 block of SW Parrett Mountain Road in Sherwood.

Pippin was reported stolen from the front of a store in Beaverton on Dec. 14, 2014.

A Sheriff's Deputy contacted Penelope Whipple, 54, at her home. Whipple matched the description of the person who took the dog when the theft was first reported.

While at Whipple's home, the deputy saw a dog that matched the description of the one stolen. The Deputy took the dog to Banfield Pet Hospital where they verified the dog was Pippin through the dog's chip.

Whipple was arrested at her home and taken to Washington Co. Jail on charges of felony first degree (companion animal). Washington Co. Jail said Whipple is being released at her own recognizance.

Whipple is due in court on Dec. 10.

Pippin's owner picked her up Monday evening and surprised her children with a reunion.

"I was blasted with emotions at first," said Timothy Esau. "It was really confusing, my mind was swirling. I kept thinking is this a dream, I just didn't know."

"It's very hard to put into words," said Aaron Esau. "I was so excited, it was the best time of my life. I'm so glad to have Pippin back, I've missed her so much."

The Esau family says they're grateful that Pippin seems to be in good health and good spirits, and for now, are choosing not to focus on Whipple and all that happened.  

"It was amazing to think that after a year she still recognized us," said Cara Esau. "She even seemed to know our front door because she knew exactly where to go. All the way home she was nuzzling me, licking me, she was just so thrilled. We're just so happy to have her back."

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