Five years later, the Baytown family reunites with their stolen German shepherd, Sheba.

BAYTOWN, Texas (KTRK) — A Baytown family waited with a welcome sign in hand Sunday afternoon when a plane carrying their stolen dog from five years ago landed from the Texas Panhandle.

ABC13 first told you about the family whose dog “Sheba” was stolen from their front yard and caught on security camera in 2018.

This week the Malmstrom family received unexpected news, their dog was found more than 600 miles away in Borger by an animal welfare officer.

It’s a day this family thought would never come.

Emotions ran high when a dog they love so much finally made it back into their pack five years later.

“Five years later, she still remembers her name and her German commands,” said Stephanie Malmstrom, the dog’s owner.

However, the happy reunion brings with it questions… where was Sheba? The Malmstroms say they are starting to put the puzzle together as people have started reaching out to them about Sheba.

“Whoever stole them dropped them off in the Texas panhandle within two weeks, and that family adopted them and kept them for four and a half years,” Malmstrom said.

After that, there are still gaps in Sheba’s adventure. They know she arrived at another home where a teenager took care of her, then she fled and the animal welfare officer found her.

What matters now is that she’s back home, right where she’s supposed to be after five years of adventuring through Texas.

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