Two Calgary parents were dropping off their daughter and her best friend downtown for a dance competition Sunday, when their vehicle was stolen with their two-year-old dog inside.
Jeff and Tanya Morris said that at 7:50 a.m., he and his wife Tanya left their black SUV running briefly outside BMO Centre to walk the two young girls inside and when they came back out, their vehicle was gone.
“Walked in, registered our daughter, left the car idling just because it was such a cold morning, came out front five or six minutes later and our car was gone with Fozzy in it,” Tanya Morris said. “As soon as I came out the doors I knew that he was gone and my heart just sank.”
Their dog’s name is Fozzy and he’s a shepherd, husky and chow mix. The family is primarily worried about the rescue dog being found safe and sound.
“It’s like a family member,” Jeff Morris said.
Morris filed a police report for the stolen vehicle and dog, but he says there wasn’t much more police could do at this time so he and his family hit the road in search of the dog themselves.
“We’ve been driving around all day looking for the dog,” Morris said. “I don’t care about the car, at least just let the dog out and let us find him.”
The dog was in the backseat of the SUV at the time of the theft, along with his wife’s cellphone and some other personal belongings. The stolen vehicle is a 2013 black Ford Explorer XLT, with licence plate BKD 1850.
An emotional Morris family pleaded for Fozzy’s safe return late Sunday night.
“Whoever you are, that’s fine that you took my vehicle, you can have it. I don’t care, just surrender Fozzy to a doorstep, to a vet clinic, to the humane society, no questions asked. It’s fine, I’m not mad,” Tanya Morris said.
Jeff Morris said Monday there’s still no trace of the vehicle or Fozzy. Calgary police said officers are still investigating the theft.
However, Jeff said the outpouring of community support the family has seen has been “astounding.”
“It’s nice to see that there’s little-community support in a big city,” he said.
Jeff said they’re still searching neighbourhoods both on the outskirts of the city and downtown, hoping someone set Fozzy free.
The family has also reached out to shelters and vet clinics in the city in hopes if the dog turns up, they’ll get a call.
“We’re hoping someone would have dropped him off or let him out – that’s all we’re hoping for,” Jeff Morris said.