Last month, we reported the sad story of Winston, a West Highland Terrier who got spooked and ran off from his owners in Prospect Park. Today, we get some happy news from Michael Reinhardt, Winston's owner: the pup has been returned!

What made the original story even sadder than most was that Winston was found by a neighborhood resident, turned over to the cops, and then allegedly handed off by that cop to a car full of women who claimed he was theirs. Reinhardt and his girlfriend spent weeks flyering the neighborhood and reviewing NYPD security cameras, all to no avail. Today, Reinhardt tells us what he thinks really went down:

"We got a call around 1:30 p.m. yesterday from a woman that said she had found Winston about 6 weeks ago on Franklin. Her sister had seen our flyer just this weekend in Crown Heights and so she gave us a call. The story goes that she was driving on Franklin Ave and the officer came up to them and offered them a 'free dog' saying that he did not want to do the paperwork! What an ass...never trust NYPD." Reinhardt added that the woman and her family "took very nice care" of Winston and had a small son that played with him. "They were sad to see him go but were happy with the [$1,000] reward. It was a great end to a solemn day," he said.

As for the crooked cop, Reinhard told the Daily News, "It's sickening. I don't want it to be true, but it's hard to believe [the officer's story] with all these people saying otherwise. If this is true, there has to be a review and some action taken. It's a clear abuse of power."