If you have information about Titan or recognise the man in the pictures, contact the Counties Manukau police.

A German shepherd pup stolen from a backyard is back with his owner after two women liberated him from the dog-napper in a daring rescue.

Titan, a 15-week-old dog, was taken from Bryant Walker's East Tamaki family home after an attempted break-in failed.

But the offender's face was caught on the Walker's CCTV cameras and was published in the Herald yesterday.

Yesterday, two women on their lunch break spotted two men trying to sell Titan for $200 outside a dairy in Dannemora. They had recognised one man from the Herald, Mr Walker said. The women asked the men if they could have a look at the dog.


"Then they threw Titan into the back of their car and sped away," Mr Walker said. The police then called the 18-year-old to tell them his dog had been found, which was met with relief.

"I'm so stoked he's back ... I met the ladies and thanked them for what they did, which was very courageous."