LITTLE SILVER — A family whose dog had gone missing and then was reportedly taken had something extra to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

According to Little Silver police, a dog named Gemma, who went missing on Nov. 14 in the area of Silverwhite Road and White Road, was reunited with her family on Thursday.

According to a witness account, after Gemma went missing, it was spotted and placed in a vehicle to be taken to the nearest animal hospital, but she never arrived.

"After speaking with the victim and the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, we are not looking to file any charges against anyone who may have Gemma," the police department said when the report was made. "We only wish to reunite her with her family for the holidays."

According to an initial post by the police department, the vehicle that picked up Gemma was a white car, possibly a hatchback.

A more recent post from the Little Silver Police Department did not offer details into the dog's recovery; it only said that the dog was returned "safe."

"Thank you to everyone who shared the message, communicated tips, and helped bring Gemma back to her family," police said.

Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at dino.flammia@townsquaremedia.com

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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