A man has been arrested over the theft of Billy the pup from outside a Christchurch dairy last week.
The Staffordshire bull terrier had been tied up outside the Bealey Fresh Dairy last Tuesday afternoon while his 14-year-old owner had popped inside the shop.
CCTV footage released by police allegedly show Billy being grabbed by a man who had then taken him across the road and left the scene in a silver SUV.
According to Billy's owners, the man in the footage was able to be identified online, allowing for police to promptly track him down.
The 27-year-old man has now been arrested and is due to appear in Christchurch District Court this Friday.
Billy has been returned to his family and is enjoying being spoilt.