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A woman turned into a sleuth by using Facebook to track down the rightful owner of a missing dog found 40 miles away after she became suspicious of her neighbour.  

Anna Taylor, 57, said she turned to social media to see if anyone reported a missing Shih Tzu when she got a weird hunch about a her neighbour's 'new' dog in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent.

Lili, a five-year-old Shih Tzu, vanished from the street where she lived with owners Arek and Kasia Talarek, both 43, and their children Monika, 10, and Mikolaj, 15.

Mr Talarek said the dog went missing in mid-March, bounding off down the street as he and his wife unloaded their car at their home in Gillingham.

Anna Taylor, 57, said she turned to social media to see if anyone reported a missing Shih Tzu when she got a weird hunch about a her neighbour's 'new' dog in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent. Pictured: Lili the Shih Tzu being reunited with her real family

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Lili the Shih Tzu

Anna Taylor, 57, said she turned to social media to see if anyone reported a missing Shih Tzu when she got a weird hunch about a her neighbour's 'new' dog in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent. Pictured: Lili the Shih Tzu being reunited with her real family

He said: 'It has happened before, and all of my neighbours know my dogs so to be honest I really didn't worry too much when she ran off.

'But after two minutes of looking I started running and thinking, ''Where is Lili?''

He eventually spoke to a neighbour who said they had seen two men pick Lili up.

'My daughter Monika was really sad, every day she cried,' he said.

'The dog is actually my wife's dog, she was so sad. Lili had been with us for five years since I bought her for my wife for her birthday,' he explained.

He added: 'Lili is a member of the family.'

Almost a month later, retired teaching assistant Ms Taylor noticed a woman with a new dog.

After hours of searching, Ms Taylor found a post matching the description of the little Shih Tzu from a dog groomer, she phoned the business who then put her in touch with Mr Talarek

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After hours of searching, Ms Taylor found a post matching the description of the little Shih Tzu from a dog groomer, she phoned the business who then put her in touch with Mr Talarek

But she instantly became suspicious when the story behind how she bought the dog didn't add up.

Mother-of-four Ms Taylor said the woman didn't introduce them to the new pooch.

She also claimed her dog was a puppy, but after checking Lili's teeth Ms Taylor realised she was about five-years-old.

She then did some Facebook sleuthing, spending hours looking over lost dog posts on

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