Stolen dog returned to Penticton SPCA

One-year-old Cooper stolen from the Penticton SPCA last week has been returned. Penticton SPCA

PENTICTON – Staff at the Penticton SPCA say the return of a stolen dog is the “best present possible.” A one-year-old miniature pinscher-pug stolen from the branch is safe.

“Cooper, one of 14 dogs and seven horses removed from a property in the Vernon area in early October has been missing since October 8 when someone scaled the fence of the shelter and cut a hole in the building to steal the dog,” says Corinne Ross, Penticton SPCA manager.

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She says the RCMP followed up tips from the public at the time of the theft but were unable to find him. Ross says on Monday, a tip came in on social media about Cooper’s whereabouts and he was located thereafter.

“We were all devastated when he was stolen and we have been worried sick about him for months,” says Ross. “We had no idea where he was or if he was safe.”

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She says the RCMP has indicated there isn’t enough evidence to push the case any further. As for the condition Cooper – whose identity was confirmed though his pet identification tattoo – he is underweight and nervous.

Ross says he is being taken care of in an SPCA foster home and an adoption has already been lined up.

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