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Owner buys back stolen English Bulldog from Craigslist

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Ten-year-old "Archie" went missing on July 16. He appeared for sale a few days later on Craigslist. Source: WBRC video Ten-year-old "Archie" went missing on July 16. He appeared for sale a few days later on Craigslist. Source: WBRC video
Archie was posted for sale on Craigslist as a 3-year-old white English bulldog. Archie was posted for sale on Craigslist as a 3-year-old white English bulldog.
Archie's owners say he stays closer to home after being stolen. Source: WBRC video Archie's owners say he stays closer to home after being stolen. Source: WBRC video
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ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Normally, Oscar Link's 10-year-old English Bulldog, Archie, would be out in the open getting as much attention as possible.

But after being stolen two weeks ago, he can get a bit skittish.

"A little after 7 p.m. I went out and he was not home so I went looking for him and I couldn't find him," Oscar said.

Archie is a popular pup among neighbors. His routine is to hit them up for treats in the evening and then head home.

But on Tuesday, July 16 he never made it back.

Two days later, Oscar filed a report with the Etowah County Sheriff's Office. They told him to check Craigslist.

"My wife checked it and she didn't see him but the son of a person who we go to church with had been looking for a dog and he saw Archie on Craig's List," Oscar said.

Immediately, Oscar devised a way to get Archie back. He had his church friend's son, Chris, arrange a time to meet the man who was selling Archie.

"Met him initially at CVS in East Gadsden and then the guy led him to his house which was a block or so away and of course we were trailing behind," Oscar explained.

Oscar was on the phone with a dispatcher the entire time and luckily an officer was close by.

Chris bought Archie for $85 bucks and police were right on hand to handle the rest.

Police say 25-year-old Bradley Bowlin is charged with theft of property.

When asked how Bowlin responded when police arrived at his home, Oscar said, "His door was open and he was looking out to see what all was happening."

As for Archie, he's not quite the same and now he stays a little closer to home.

An investigator with Etowah County Sheriff's Office said there's no real way to tell if you're getting a stolen animal on Craigslist.

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