A dog owner who had lost her pet for six days was reunited with it on Tuesday night, but she was arrested for allegedly slapping the person accused of stealing the animal.

A French woman named Audrey was arrested for common assault after allegedly slapping the thief’s face when she got her dog back, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Pepita, Oriental Daily reported.

It was understood that Pepita was stolen as Audrey’s domestic worker was walking the dog in Sai Wan on Hong Kong Island on November 9.

To find her beloved dog, Audrey put up posters and offered a HK$20,000 (US$2,535) award on social media.

Netizens on Tuesday night posted some photos on Facebook showing a man in a red shirt and cap walking with Pepita in Mong Kok in Kowloon. A reporter from Hong Kong media outlet HK01.com arrived at the scene and witnessed a man about to take the subway to Sheung Shui in the New Territories, carrying a dog in a large bag.

The reporter followed the man and reported the case to police.

Police arrived at the Kowloon Tong Mass Transit Railway station and arrested a 63-year-old man for alleged theft.

When Audrey was reunited with Pepita, it was understood that she turned emotional and slapped the accused dog thief.

Both the man and the dog owner were sent to Kowloon City Police Station for further investigation.

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