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SPCA staff concerned after dog surrendered to them last week was stolen

Keep your eyes open for Cooper.
Keep your eyes open for Cooper. BC SPCA

VANCOUVER – Staff at the Penticton SPCA animal shelter say they are very concerned about a dog that was stolen sometime on Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

Branch manager Corrine Ross says in a release that they discovered the theft when the went to feed the dogs.

Cooper, a one-year-old carlin pinscher, was one of 14 dogs willingly surrendered to the BC SPCA last week after investigators executed a search warrant at a Vernon hobby farm.

“Someone had taken wire cutters and cut the outside of the kennel,”says Ross. “He was the most friendly little guy. We’re really concerned – why would someone steal a dog from a shelter? He was just neutered on Tuesday and is on medication for the surgery.”

The dogs were also surrendered with seven horses.

People are asked to keep an eye out for Cooper. He has a tattoo in his right ear (#624 ABLB) and anyone with information is asked to contact the branch at 250-493-0136 or Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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“We’re worried about his safety,” says Ross. “He’s supposed to be taking medication and if someone is capable of stealing a dog from a shelter, who knows what else they’re capable of?”

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