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6-year-old American Bulldog-Pitbull allegedly stolen from owner in Toronto’s east end

Stella is seen in an undated photo. Handout / Toronto Police Service

Toronto police officers are asking for the public’s help in finding a six-year-old dog named Stella that was allegedly stolen from her owner in the city’s east end Tuesday morning.

According to a statement issued by the service, the incident happened at around 5:30 a.m. near the corner of Woodbine Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East.

Investigators said a woman was out walking Stella — a female American Bulldog-Pitbull dog — when she struck up a conversation with a man. As they talked, officers said the dog went inside the man’s newer-style, grey- or beige-coloured minivan to cool off.

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“The man then pushed the woman and drove away with her dog inside his vehicle,” the statement said.

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Officers said Stella has white fur on her chest and in between her eyes, and was last seen with a blue leash.

Investigators described the man as being between five-foot-four and five-foot-five, weighing approximately 150 pounds, and having a clean-shaven face with dark brown, clean-cut hair. They said he spoke with an unspecified accent.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Stella and/or the incident was asked to call police at 416-808-5500 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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