Poppy’s Journey Home

This is the story of a Poppy, a four-month-old German Shepherd, who was stolen from his home in Aberdeen, South Dakota on Sept. 30 and recovered in Minneapolis on Oct. 8. Poppy’s journey home was made possible by a number of people who helped along the way including Aberdeen police officers, an EPPD detective and his wife, and two Minneapolis residents.

On Sept. 30, Aberdeen Police Officer Briston Bruce was in the hospital, accompanied by his wife, recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor. While the family was away, burglars entered their home and stole electronic devices, along with their dog Poppy and her leash.

Aberdeen Police Department detectives believed one of the suspects had an Eden Prairie connection and reached out to EPPD Det. Carter Staaf.

After two days of thorough investigation, Det. Staaf learned that Poppy had been let loose in Minneapolis. Det. Staaf shared the story with his wife Julie Bane, who immediately began scouring missing/found pet websites. On one of the sites, Julie found what appeared to be a match. Two south Minneapolis neighbors had found Poppy wandering and took her in. They brought Poppy to a vet to look for an identification chip but were unable to locate one.

With assistance from the Aberdeen Police Department and Officer Bruce, Det. Staaf was able to verify that the dog found in Minneapolis was indeed Poppy. Coincidentally, Aberdeen Police Sgt. Chris Gross happened to be in Minneapolis this past Sunday and a meeting was arranged at the Eden Prairie Police Department so Sgt. Gross could take Poppy home. Poppy is now safely in her family’s care.

One of the suspects in the burglary was arrested Monday in Aberdeen and the investigation is ongoing. We are thankful that Poppy is back where she belongs and wish Officer Bruce all the best as he recovers.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Officer Bruce and his family.