SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police quickly reunited a mother and three young children Friday afternoon after they ran off, chasing the family dog, officials said.

According to police, a frantic mother in the South Ridge townhouse complex called 911 at 4:30 p.m. to report that her three young children, ages 9, 8, and 2, disappeared from a room in the home while she was doing housework in a neighboring room.

Several officers responded to the home to search for the missing kids.

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Police said that Officer Gagan Chopra, who was a block away from the home, saw the children chasing a dog.

After corralling the kids and dog in his patrol car, Chopra went to the home and reunited the kids with the mother.

The kids told Chopra that they saw their pet French bulldog run out of the house and decided to chase after it without telling their mother so it wouldn’t run away.

The kids caught the dog nearby by the time Chopra got to them, and the reunion took place within 10 minutes of the 911 call, police said.

“It is the everyday efforts of officers that make a difference,” Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka said. “This mother was distraught and the officers’ fast response found the children in record time.”

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