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Watch your dogs

Postby Lore » Jan 17th, 2013, 6:03 pm

Dogs are being stolen.
It appears this is happening more and more in Kelowna.
Happens ALOT in Vancouver and now its here.
This was in todays Kelowna Courier.
http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/front ... 11713.html
Has anyone had their pet stolen or know someone who has?

Hunt's on for hot dog
Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:00 Don Plant

Cheyenne Clower says she'll do whatever it takes to find Bain, stolen Dec. 31 from the front seat of her unlocked car in Rutland.
Cheyenne Clower spends every free hour she can hunting for her stolen dog, putting up posters and knocking on doors.
Someone filched Bain, an American bluenose pit bull, from Clower's front seat when she left the car unlocked at the YM-YWCA in Rutland on Dec. 31. She's desperate to find her pooch, one of more than a dozen dogs that have disappeared recently in the Central Okanagan.
"I do everything with him. He's my baby. I'm not with the kids; I'm with my four-legged kid," said Clower, 55.
"I'm like a bloodhound. You take my dog and I'll take you. I'll find him."
Friends and strangers are helping. Cheryl Leask, who runs a canine rescue in West Kelowna, said the problem is escalating. She uses the Internet and a network of sources to spread the word on missing animals. She's looking for Bain and 16 dogs that have either taken off or were nabbed by thieves since mid-November.
"Dogs are just vanishing. There's just no sign. Smaller dogs, I worry about - they're easy prey for coyotes," she said. "These are not dogs that have gone missing for a week; they've simply vanished. They're not turning up at the SPCA or the pound."
The problem is provincewide. Twenty dogs went missing over six weeks in the Dawson Creek area last fall, said Leask.
Thieves may want to sell an animal or keep it for breeding purposes. Bain, a purebred, hasn't been sterilized and could fetch thousands of dollars as a stud.
SPCA staff have logged more than 10 reports of lost dogs so far this month, said branch manager Suzanne Pugh. Stolen-dog complaints are referred to the RCMP.
Thieves may look for unattended males that can breed because they're valuable.
"It's difficult to tell if a female has been spayed. It's easy to tell if a male is neutered," said Kathy Woodward, the shelter's senior animal protection officer. "Or they just want the dog. In a case like (Bain), lots of people like bluenose pit bulls."
Others may want to "rescue" animals that are chained up and alone outside for hours because they feel sorry for them. Leask is afraid some want to harm certain breeds, such as pit bulls, because they can be aggressive or dangerous.
Whatever the motive, stealing a pet is devastating for the owner and the animal because it ends up in a strange environment. Clower has called the SPCA, RCMP, dog control and media outlets. She has plastered posters in stores, knocked on dozens of doors and driven along Rutland streets for hours searching for Bain.
She tracked down one man for days. Neighbours told her he had a new dog that looked like Bain, but it wasn't him. She refuses to give up.
"I'm out every night - driving every street, thinking where he might be," she said.
The SPCA encourages owners to identify their pets with a tattoo or microchip. Shelter staff and veterinarians keep logs of the identifiers and can help reunite an animal with its rightful owner.
"At some point, the animal will have to go to a vet, and hopefully we can trace it back," said Pugh.
Bain is five years old and grey all over with white on its belly and face. It may appear tan or light brown, said Clower.
If you've seen Bain or another stolen animal, call the RCMP
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Re: Watch your dogs

Postby janalta » Jan 17th, 2013, 6:18 pm

The thing I don't understand about poor Bain's disappearance is that so many people have seen the guy who took him.
They know what he looks like, he's been spotted many times walking the dog on a rope around Rutland...but no one has been able to follow him to find out where he lives?
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Re: Watch your dogs

Postby Lore » Jan 17th, 2013, 6:27 pm

janalta wrote:The thing I don't understand about poor Bain's disappearance is that so many people have seen the guy who took him.
They know what he looks like, he's been spotted many times walking the dog on a rope around Rutland...but no one has been able to follow him to find out where he lives?

Where did you hear this?
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Re: Watch your dogs

Postby fall » Jan 17th, 2013, 6:34 pm

Keep your eyes peeled someone who thought they weren't cool enough without a pitbull, as it appears to be, will be prancing the dog around cooler than ever. Hopefully the dog stays in town and is returned to the lady. That would suck.
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Re: Watch your dogs

Postby janalta » Jan 17th, 2013, 6:52 pm

Lore...a Fb page to help find him. Lots of people had seen him around the IGA area of Rutland.
A real rough sounding character....shabby clothes, long straggly hair...had a piece of rope tied around the dog's neck. People were warned not to approach him, but to try to see where he goes and call RCMP or SPCA.
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Re: Watch your dogs

Postby Lore » Jan 17th, 2013, 9:13 pm

Thanks janalta.
Sent you a PM.
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Re: Watch your dogs

Postby Noisy Boater » Jan 18th, 2013, 11:04 am

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Re: Watch your dogs

Postby mexicalidreamer » Jan 21st, 2013, 10:07 am

Any news on the whereabouts of this dog?
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Re: Watch your dogs

Postby kelownawriter » Jan 21st, 2013, 1:39 pm

The thing that makes me cringe is I wonder about the abuse that might go on. Selling and buying, breeding, and then there is the ugly aspect of the dog fighting world. Little dogs, big dogs, they all play a part, and all of it is very ugly. I can only hope that these dogs are found. I'd be scared to let my dog out of my sight for a moment if I had one.
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Re: Watch your dogs

Postby janalta » Jan 22nd, 2013, 12:44 am

mexicalidreamer wrote:Any news on the whereabouts of this dog?


Unfortunately, the sightings have died right down the past week or so :o(
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Re: Watch your dogs

Postby Scadam » Jan 22nd, 2013, 11:11 am

I might have seen it this morning - who would I send that message to?
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Re: Watch your dogs

Postby doc2013 » Jan 22nd, 2013, 11:40 am

Send a private message through here to Lore.............. good luck.
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Re: Watch your dogs

Postby janalta » Jan 22nd, 2013, 1:49 pm

Scadam wrote:I might have seen it this morning - who would I send that message to?


I can PM the owner's phone number to you....don't bother with calling the SPCA, the last person who did was simply told to cal the owner.
Call the police....they know he has been stolen

The most important thing that needs to happen is someone who spots him needs to follow him to see where he lives.

Where did you see him ?
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Re: Watch your dogs

Postby Scadam » Jan 22nd, 2013, 3:11 pm

It was only a very quick glance and I *think* it was the same breed, colouring, and size. But I'm not even close to sure, so I won't be calling anyone. I'll mention it here just in case, so if the owner is out driving the streets she can check this one.

It was this morning Tuesday Jan. 22 between 8:45-8:50am. I was coming down Hwy33 toward Hwy97. The man was on my right, wearing red pajama pants and walking the dog out of Homer Road onto Hwy 33, in the direction of Hollywood.
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Re: Watch your dogs

Postby janalta » Jan 22nd, 2013, 4:41 pm

Thanks...I'll pass that info on.

I drove all around the areas where he's been spotted this afternoon, but no sign of him anywhere
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