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Poodle allegedly stolen in Scarborough street robbery found safe

WATCH ABOVE: A man who says his dog and cell phone were stolen at knife point near McCowen and Finch is now pleading for the 7 year old poodles safe return. Jamie Mauracher reports.

Toronto police say a man’s female toy poodle allegedly stolen during a street robbery in Scarborough has been found.

Police first tweeted about the alleged incident near McCowan Road and Finch Avenue just after midnight on Wednesday.

Investigators said three male suspects, one of them reportedly armed with a knife, robbed the man of his cellphone and his small, brown-and-grey poodle named Ding Ding.

A photo of Ding Ding the small poodle that was allegedly stolen during a street robbery.
A photo of Ding Ding the small poodle that was allegedly stolen during a street robbery. Tianyu Hu / Dog Owner
A photo of Ding Ding with her family.
A photo of Ding Ding with her family. Tianyu Hu / Dog Owner
A photo of the small poodle named Ding Ding.
A photo of the small poodle named Ding Ding. Handout / Toronto Police
Toronto police release another photo of Ding Ding.
Toronto police release another photo of Ding Ding. Handout / Toronto Police

“I hope they don’t hurt Ding Ding … Just don’t hurt the dog, let the dog go. Let the dog come home, please,” Tianyu Hu, the owner of the poodle, said.

“Me and my wife are heartbroken. We cannot sleep… we feel like we’ve lost a family member.”

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Hu said he was almost home after taking Ding Ding for a walk when he was approached by the suspects and held at knife-point as they allegedly demanding money.

In an update released Wednesday evening, police thanked the public for assistance.

“Ding Ding has been found,” a spokesperson tweeted.

“No further details at this time as units will be responding to higher priority calls now that we know the dog is safe and sound.”

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