Homeless dog kept nicking toy unicorn from shop before someone bought it for him

A stray dog kept stealing from a toy unicorn from a shop – until a kind-hearted animal control worker bought it for him.

The one-year-old dog, called Sisu, broke into a Dollar General shop in Duplin County, North Carolina, the US, to steal his favourite toy five times.

Workers eventually called animal services after he kept wandering in.

Officer Samantha Lane did Sisu a solid by purchasing the $10 [£7.25] unicorn to keep him company at the shelter.

The department posted pictures on social media of Sisu cuddling his most treasured possession at the county animal shelter and announced he was up for adoption on March 22.

Duplin County Animal Control wrote on Facebook: "This is what happens when you break into the dollar general consistently to steal the purple unicorn that you lay claim to but then get animal control called to lock you up for your B & E and larceny but the officer purchases your item for you and brings it in with you."

The viral adoption post described Sisu as "sassy with other dogs and will not tolerate any backtalk."

Sisu and his love for the unicorn has now stolen hearts, with the story going viral across the US.

The dog found a new family just one day later and is now settling into his forever home.

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Last month, a homesick pup went on an incredible journey after she got lonely in daycare, taking herself across two major motorways and several other busy trunk roads in order to get home.

Phil Blakeway and Charlotte Webster, from Tamworth in Staffordshire, were devastated when they received a call telling them that their beloved three-year-old rescue dog Daisy had escaped at 7.30am on Thursday, February 18.

The pair had been trying to give Daisy the best in life after Phil found her as a sickly puppy on the streets of Sri Lanka.

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That included taking her to doggy daycare while carpenter Phil and Charlotte – a doctor in Birmingham – were at work.

Charlotte, 29, told Birmingham Live: "I felt immediate dread once I had the call to say she was missing and hadn’t been seen. She had only ever been driven to the area and it is more than seven miles from home.

"Between our house and where she went missing lies the M42, the M6 Toll and numerous busy trucking roads which supply the north of Birmingham."

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