Wilma was allegedly stolen by an Amazon delivery driver. (Credit: Richard Guttfield/Facebook)
(Meredith) – A dog has been reunited with her owner after she was allegedly stolen from her home by an Amazon delivery driver.
Richard Guttfield of Marsworth, England realized his 11-month-old miniature schnauzer Wilma was gone after a truck delivered an Amazon package to his home April 27.
Guttfield quickly made a public post on Facebook, writing, "my miniature schnauzer went missing from my house in Marsworth near Tring, any help in helping us find her would be so appreciated."
The post gathered nearly 130 shares and many comments from people saying they would help search for Wilma.
The missing dog website that Guttfield included in his Facebook post reports Wilma was found and reunited with Guttfield May 1. On May 3, Guttfield made another public Facebook post, writing, "Wilma is back home and doing well, she was taken by a driver delivering an Amazon parcel to my house."
Guttfield told BuzzFeed News that the package should have been a standard Amazon delivery and the driver should have left the package in the "safe box." However, he noticed the package was left inside his porch, and the driver had apparently let himself inside the home.
Guttfield did not know the driver entered his home at the time because he said he was in a barn conversion next door.
After posting lost dog flyers and gathering further interest on social media, Guttfield sent an email directly to the richest man in the world – Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, asking for his help with the incident. Bezos makes his email public (email@example.com).
An Amazon employee named Rob was fielding Bezos' emails, saw Guttfield's plea and began to investigate further.
Guttfield wrote in another public Facebook post that Rob went directly to the delivery driver's home, found Wilma and brought her straight back to Guttfield.
"Rob at Amazon UK was simply wonderful, he didn't listen to the driver when he said he didn't remember the dogs and he went to the drivers home and found Wilma and brought her straight back, thanks Rob!" the post read.
Amazon confirmed the incident to BuzzFeed News and added that the driver is no longer delivering Amazon packages. The driver worked for an independent contractor with independent delivery companies and did not work directly for Amazon.
"This is inexcusable and does not reflect the high standards we have for our delivery partners – we take these matters seriously," an Amazon spokesperson said.
Guttfield is now turning his attention to helping another missing dog in the area find her way home. A group on Facebook has been dedicated to help finding a white westie named Sprocket.