Thanks to the power of social media, RCMP in Osoyoos were able to reunite a stolen dog with its owner in Burnaby on Friday.
On May 10 Cali, a 15-week-old tri-coloured beagle-spaniel cross, was reported stolen to the Burnaby RCMP.
The owner said that two acquaintances stole the dog and were headed to Quebec in a light blue car with unknown Quebec license plates.
Cali’s owner also posted the theft on Facebook and included photos of the two suspects.
Bailey Toepfer, an employee of the Osoyoos Shoppers Drug Mart store read the story and recalled that two people matching the description had entered the store earlier looking for a dog leash and dog food.
She also believed the pair had attended another business in search of the same items, and were also enquiring about free places to camp in the Osoyoos area.
Toepfer reached out to Cali’s owner via social media, who in turn contacted the Osoyoos RCMP.
Osoyoos RCMP frontline Constables Rausch and Greenfield responded to the call.
“Acting on limited information, the two animal enthusiasts set off on a search of the Strawberry Creek Road area, eventually locating two persons in possession of Cali,” Osoyoos RCMP Sgt. Jason Bayda said.
“Cali was subsequently seized by police and after doing some “hard time” at the Osoyoos RCMP Detachment (which included treats, water, a soft bed and lots of belly rubs), Cali was returned to her grateful owner who drove straight to Osoyoos from Burnaby.”
Toepfer is happy that Cali and her owner are reunitied, and said the incident hit close to home.
“I’m a dog owner myself and would just be torn apart if someone had stole my baby, so when I saw the post and the clear images of both males I just knew I had to say something,” she said.
“I’m so glad that in the ending she got her puppy back and I could be a small part of it.”