Sarah Paulson has announced her friend’s dog has been safely returned after it was allegedly stolen by a dog-sitter over the weekend.
The American Horror Story star, 47, pleaded for help on Monday after she claimed actress Clementine Ford had dropped off her pup, Winnie, to the sitter only for it to disappear.
“Help. Spread the word. This woman stole my friend’s dog. Share far and wide. I’m begging you,” Paulson wrote as she shared Ford’s post on Instagram Stories.
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In her own post, Ford, 42, said the “woman was meant to be boarding our dog. Instead, she threw her collar in the trash and disappeared. Please spread far and wide. We will pay. We just want her back.”
Ford – who starred in TV series The L Word and is the daughter of Hollywood legend Cybill Shepherd – further explained they had boarded their dog with US pet-sitting service Rover, who did a background check on the woman, but still their dog went missing.
“We boarded our dog through Rover with this woman who had done an enhanced background check and she disappeared with our dog. She did radio silence,” Ford wrote.
“We were in Palm Desert when we asked for photos or a video or something sat evening at 6 p.m. When she still hadn’t responded to multiple messages in the morning we turned around and came back to LA, to the place where we dropped Winnie with them. It was empty. No crate, no dog, no human, nothing.”
Thankfully, Paulson and Ford’s pleas were heard and Winnie was returned safe and sound today. Although, they did not share any further details about how she was returned.
“Winnie’s Home and Safe! Thank you everyone! Pics to come…,” Paulson wrote on Instagram.
Ford was also delighted with the return, sharing a photo of Winnie as Paulson had promised. In her post, she also thanked the actress for helping to find her pup.
“There truly aren’t words to express my gratitude to all of you who worked so hard to bring Winnie home. I have felt so held (totally crying now) and cared for,” Ford wrote.
“@mssarahcatharinepaulson brought Winnie into our lives and started the ball rolling that brought her home again.”
At the time of the disappearance, Rover issued a statement to People magazine as they vowed to help in the search for Winnie.
“As pet parents ourselves, we feel terrible about the pain this situation has caused, and we join Winnie’s family in hoping for her swift and safe return home,” a spokesperson told the outlet. “Our 24/7 Trust and Safety team took immediate action as soon as we learned she was missing, including offering a $500 reward, paying for flyers, and posting in online pet-finding websites, which send alerts to local shelters and veterinarians.
“Our team is also conducting a thorough investigation and we have suspended the sitter’s account while the search continues. We have also fully refunded Winnie’s family, and we’re in active communication with them as we work to offer support and bring Winnie home.”
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