Search warrant uncovers cop's missing dog
A Rangiora detective could not believe his eyes when he executed a search warrant on a North Canterbury address.
His family's missing golden retriever Ka Pai was in the room police entered with a warrant for offences committed in the North Island.
"I think I said 'I don't believe it', " Detective Sergeant Rex Barnett said.
"She was all excited and wagging her tail."
Ka Pai later sprang into the arms of her owner, Barnett's wife Robyn in a joyful reunion.
Ka Pai and her pup Cashew went missing from their North Canterbury property on November 20.
"They're a very friendly people dog, " Rex Barnett said.
"We suspected they were chasing hares."
"On Thursday morning I got up to find Cashew standing at the back door. I thought the mother would be returning at any stage - but a week later she still hadn't turned up, " he said.
"She was microchipped, and we checked the Rangiora and Christchurch pounds, advertised, posted her on Facebook, rang the Ashley forestry workers and local pig hunting clubs. There was no response and no sign of the dog.
"We hadn't totally given up hope but it was causing considerable stress in our family. Ka Pai had been with us since she was a pup and is now six years old. Cashew was the latest in her second litter."
On November 28, Barnett and a colleague executed a search warrant at an address in Ashley Village, near Rangiora.
"I had virtually given up hope and kept thinking I would love to find my wife's dog."
They entered a large accommodation block to search one room.
"When I went into the bedroom, there were two dogs. One was my wife's golden retriever. It was unbelievable."
Ka Pai had been picked up by another older man associated with the complex who said he found her wandering on the road.
He had made no attempt to identify it or return it.
However, he had looked after Ka Pai "very well" Barnett said.
"He said the dog had been friendly and picking up stones as he does to take to children waiting at the bus stop and was wandering around there. I took her and delivered him home.
"My wife was overjoyed.
"Ka Pai ran up to her and straight into her arms."