WHEN Vanesse Atkinson brought home german shepherd Rex she never imagined he would be stolen.
On a drive to the park seven weeks ago, nine-month-old Rex escaped mid drive and onto the Toolooa roundabout.
Just minutes later, Rex was nowhere to be found.
Mrs Atkinson took to Facebook pleading for information and his safe return and now, two months later, has been reunited with the canine.
"My post went viral, right down to Canberra and back up to Rockhampton," Mrs Atkinson said.
"It's because of social media that I have him home."
Rex is a very important part of the Atkinson family, acting as a rehabilitation dog for Mrs Atkinson's husband who has a spinal injury and daughter who has depression.
"I couldn't tell the girls he was lost. I just had to have faith that I'll get him back," she said.
The german shepherd will never be the same though; he suffers mental and physical issues.
"He's got injuries to the nose, he's so skinny you can feel his bones and most sounds and movements scare him," she said.
"I can tell someone's had him and he's been beaten."
A public tip-off led to Rex's capture by the council at Barney Point and he was checked by a vet shortly afterwards.
"I just can't believe the generosity of the locals. I had total strangers out looking for him," Mrs Atkinson said.
"I want to say a massive thank you."