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Dog found after being reported stolen from Toronto woman’s lap as she napped on the subway

Alberta Bakker says she was traveling south from Eglinton station when she dozed off with her chihuahua Malachi, shown in a handout photo, on her lap at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Alberta Bakker says she was traveling south from Eglinton station when she dozed off with her chihuahua Malachi, shown in a handout photo, on her lap at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Facebook-Alberta Bakker

Toronto police say they have reunited a missing chihuahua with its owner after the dog was reported stolen from a sleeping woman’s lap while she was riding the subway.

Alberta Bakker said she was travelling south from Eglinton station in the city’s Midtown neighbourhood, when she dozed off with her chihuahua mix Malachi on her lap at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

When she woke up at St. Andrew station downtown, her eight-year-old chihuahua mix, and her iPad, were gone.

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She said she doesn’t care about the iPad, but she’s desperate to get her dog back. Bakker said she has reported the incident to police and animal services.

According to a Toronto police Facebook post, Malachi was located with the help of Good Samaritans who were visiting the CF Toronto Eaton Centre over the Victoria Day long weekend.

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Police said the Good Samaritans found a small dog matching Malachi’s description running free.

The people who found Malachi temporarily named him “Hank” and took him back to where they were staying and began to search for the owner.

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After seeing a story about the missing dog online, police said they contacted officers.

51 Division Det. Sgt. Craig Somers was able to confirm the dog’s identity through a photo and helped reunite the canine with his rightful owner.

“What a great call to get on the long weekend. It’s also great to meet these great people who are visiting Toronto. They took time out of their trip on a busy weekend to help reunite this owner with her beloved dog,” said Sgt. Somers.

It comes days after a Siberian husky dog was stolen outside of an east-end Toronto store, only to be later found by a Good Samaritan and reunited with his owner.

— With files from The Canadian Press.

Malachi, a chihuahua, pictured with a Good Samaritan (right) and Toronto Police Det. Sgt. Somers (left), after the dog went missing over the Victoria Day long weekend.
Malachi, a chihuahua, pictured with a Good Samaritan (right) and Toronto Police Det. Sgt. Somers (left), after the dog went missing over the Victoria Day long weekend. Toronto Police Services / Facebook