CHRISTIANA, TN (WSMV) - Nine days after a German Shepherd named Goblin was stolen from the home of 10-year-old Justin White, the dog has been returned to his owner.

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Police say Goblin was stolen from Christiana, TN.

According to Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, Christina White, Justin's mother, said a man returned Goblin to their home Tuesday afternoon. She plans to let Goblin greet Justin when he comes home from school.

“Justin is going to be super excited,” White said as her voice cracked with emotion.

Someone took Goblin was taken their neighborhood March 10, leaving her son Justin withdrawn and upset. Justin has Asperger syndrome and ADHD.


CHRISTIANA, TN (WSMV) - Police are asking for help tracking down a dog belonging to a 10-year-old Rutherford County boy.

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Police say this man was caught on video putting the dog into the back seat of a white Honda Civic on March 10.

The German shepherd named Goblin was stolen March 10 on Rucker Road in Christiana.

According to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, a man was caught on video putting the dog into the back seat of a white Honda Civic.

The boy has Asperger syndrome and ADHD. His mother says he has been withdrawn since Goblin went missing.

"He gets off the bus from school and goes and lies in his bed," said Christina White to police. "That was his best friend. The dog slept with him. I couldn’t get that boy held tight enough. It’s been rough."

White is begging the man to bring Goblin back, saying he's not just a dog - he's a family member. She says Goblin has been her son's "lifeline" for two years and goes everywhere with him.

Anyone with information about Goblin or his location or information about the man accused of taking him is asked to call police at 615-904-3022.

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