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Stolen Burnaby puppy tracked down in Osoyoos

Last Updated May 15, 2019 at 1:09 pm PDT

Cali resting at an RCMP detachment after officers tracked down the stolen Burnaby puppy in Osoyoos. (Photo courtesy BC RCMP)

15 week old beagle spaniel cross stolen from Burnaby found hours later in Osoyoos thanks to social media

Police believe puppy was likely going to be taken to Quebec; no arrests being made

OSOYOOS (NEWS 1130) – It’s every pet owners worst nightmare: a puppy stolen from its home.

But for a Burnaby dog owner, a happy ending after their stolen pup was found all the way in Osoyoos just hours after being stolen.

The 15 week old beagle spaniel cross, named Cali, was snatched Friday night. The owner wasted no time, plastering social media with pictures of the puppy and the people believed to have taken her, which helped police locate the pup just a number of hours later.

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“This employee recognized the two individuals as being customers that had been in the store, a short time prior, looking for dog food and a dog leash of all things,” says Osoyoos RCMP Corporal Dave Smith.

“It was great to see social media being used for a very positive purpose in this case.”

Police let the owner know the puppy was found and she immediately drove to the Okanagan for a reunion.

“The owner was elated and drove directly from Burnaby to Osoyoos and arrived here about 3 in the morning,” says Smith.

“Obviously the owner was ecstatic to have the dog back and have it back so quickly and in good health so we love those stories as well.”

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Police think the dog was likely bound for Quebec although no arrests were made.

“I believe they provided an alternate version of events, however, I believe they were strongly encouraged to leave the area and continue on their way home.”

And Smith says the puppy was in good hands as officers waited for the owner to make the drive to Osoyoos.

“She had a bed, she had treats, she had lots of attention and scratches.”