Toddler Finally Reunites With Stolen Puppy After Simon Cowell Steps In To Offer $14,000 Reward

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

In December 2017, toddler Edward Latter had the worst day of his young life. His border terrier puppy, Morse, was stolen from outside his house.

Morse slipped out of the house one day, and cruel thieves picked him up, probably to use as a stud.

The family was absolutely devastated. Edward (who was age 2 at the time) even wrote a note to Santa, saying the only thing he wanted for Christmas was to get his dog back.

When Simon Cowell heard about what happened to Morse, he knew he had to step in to help. He offered a £10,000 (nearly $14,000) for Morse’s safe return.

Well, it seems like Morse was working hard to get back to his owners too, because in mid-January 2018, he finally made it back to his family.

A couple found a muddy little dog walking through the street and realized it might be the stolen puppy, so they contacted the Latter family.

Photos: Eastnews Press Agency; Wikimedia / Alison Martin

[H/T: Daily Mail]

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In December, 10-month-old Morse slipped out of his family home and was snatched by thieves.

His family was devastated, especially 3-year-old Edward.

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After the dog was gone for a few weeks and nobody had seen him, the Latter family was convinced he was gone forever.

Even though Edward asked Santa to bring Morse back, they didn’t think it would actually happen.

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People all over the world heard about Morse — even Simon Cowell!

And when Simon found out about the puppy, he decided to offer a £10,000 reward.

He knows how important dogs are to people’s lives, and he couldn’t imagine Morse not returning home.

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Everyone had given up hope that Morse would ever be found, but on the evening of January 12, 2018, they got a surprising phone call.

A couple 20 miles away were pretty sure they had found Morse!

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The couple brought Morse inside, cleaned him up, and sent a photo of the pup to the Latter family.

The Latters immediately hopped in the car to find out if the dog was in fact Morse.

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Edward knew immediately that it was Morse, but his parents weren’t entirely sure. It wasn’t until they brought him to get his chip scanned that they were positive it was truly their puppy.

And little Edward couldn’t be happier.

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He was thrilled to have his puppy back, and his family couldn’t contain their joy.

Edward and his parents completely broke down, and they all started crying and hugging each other and the dog.

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Michelle Holt, who found Morse, is a hero. She explained to Daily Mail:

“I was so pleased. We didn’t know anything about any of the media attention. I was just so pleased they have got their little dog back, because having a dog ourselves for years, we know if we lost him we would be heartbroken.

“They were really lovely people, genuine people, and it felt really good to be able to get him back home.”

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Sweet Morse seems excited to be home, too.

Before the Holts found him, he was wandering in the streets, soaking wet and muddy. Thank goodness someone spotted him!

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