Man arrested over theft of Billy the pup from child outside Christchurch dairy

A man has been arrested over the theft of Billy the pup from outside a Christchurch dairy last week.

Billy the puppy with a new friend. Source: Supplied

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.