This 12-week-old puppy was stolen during a break and enter in Timberlea on Wednesday. (Submitted/RCMP)

The puppy that was stolen during a break and enter in Timberlea this week has been returned, unharmed, to her relieved owner.

“Aaaaaaahhhh! Is that technically a word?” said an ecstatic Ashley Hills Thursday evening. “We are absolutely beside ourselves, not only that she’s been found, but that she’s totally okay.”

Hills’ 12-week-old Boston Terrier, Xiaobao, was taken during a break and enter sometime Wednesday.

Hills said she came home around 4 p.m. to find the house in disarray – and ominously quiet.

“I realized as soon as I walked in the door, she wasn’t there waiting for me, doing her happy dance,” she said. “I started calling and calling and running around the house.”

RCMP issued a public plea for help Thursday afternoon, and the story went viral with hundreds of shares and retweets on Facebook and Twitter.

The social media blitz worked – Hills said she received a call from police Thursday evening saying they had her dog.

“They said, ‘Someone anonymously dropped her off, so we’re coming to give her back to you,’” said Hills. “I’m not sure if they called to meet them somewhere, or if they dropped her off at the station, but we don’t really care.”

A release from Halifax RCMP states that a Halifax Regional Police officer on patrol received a tip about where to find the puppy, and officers found her unharmed.

Hills said she and her husband are grateful to everyone who took up the cause and spread the story of Xiabao – Chinese for “little treasure.”

“I’m sure that scared someone into being like, ‘Oh! I found your dog!’” she laughed.

Hills said her home now has a new security system that will provide some peace of mind when she’s out of the house in future.

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