Dogs presumed stolen southeast of Prince Albert

Tyler Clarke
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Janine Huntley’s dogs Lily (rottweiler cross) and Cooper (jet black purebred Labrador) were presumed stolen from her property a few kilometres southeast of Prince Albert on Sunday morning. 

At least four dogs went missing on Sunday morning, presumably swiped from two properties, and their families want them back.


“It might be just a dog to somebody,” Janine Huntley said. “I understand that some people don’t like dogs and would never own one, but the thing is, they were a part of our family. Why would you take (them)?”

Huntley left her two dogs, Lily and Cooper, outside to roam about her property a few kilometres southeast of Prince Albert at about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

“We let our dogs out like we do every day -- they run around and play and come back in the house,” she explained.

When the two fuzzy family members didn’t return within the hour, she got concerned, and five hours later she started calling neighbours.

“We have a bush behind us that a lot of time they’ll in and sniff around and that type of thing, but we went in there and there’s zero trace of them,” she said.

As hours have turned into days, Huntley is hoping for the best but fearing the worst -- particularly since her neighbours reported two dogs missing around the same time as Lily and Cooper were last seen. 

“These dogs that are missing didn’t take off -- especially (Lily). She doesn’t run off because she has bad hips so doesn’t move a lot in the winter.”

Lily, a short-haired rottweiler cross, is “more of an inside dog, and she’s pretty leery of strangers, but if somebody’s got food they’re her best friend.”

Cooper, a one-year-old jet black purebred Labrador, leans more toward the friendly side.

“He’s just the friendly dog who wants to see anybody, especially if he’s cold or if there’s food,” Huntley said.

I understand that some people don’t like dogs and would never own one, but the thing is, they were a part of our family. Why would you take (them)? Janine Huntley

Prince Albert SPCA manager Debbie Lehner said that this isn’t the first time she’s heard of dogs going missing under mysterious circumstances.

“We have heard of dogs going missing the last couple of years – especially in the city,” Lehner said. “The majority of them small breed dogs. That was about a year ago, and then things appeared to quiet down.”

A few months ago, cases involving the alleged thievery of dogs started showing up again, with dogs reported missing from acreages north of the city.

“In outlying areas it’s the medium to large dogs – a lot of them pit bulls,” Lehner said.

“I have no idea why somebody would stop and take dogs out of people’s yards … I don’t have a clue what that mindset would be. If people want a dog, they can go onto Kijiji and get dogs that are being given away for free.”

With this latest string of mysterious dog disappearances, Lehner encourages people to keep an eye on their dogs, and for those living within the city to padlock their gates.

The RCMP has become involved in this latest case and Huntley is convinced that somebody knows something about the canines’ disappearance.

Anyone with information about any of the four dogs is asked to call the Prince Albert RCMP at 306-765-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

“It’s just heartbreaking,” Huntley said. “We just want our pets home -- that’s all.” 

Organizations: Prince Albert, Crime Stoppers

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  • sharon
    December 09, 2013 - 14:30

    Hate to say this but I wouldn't rule out stolen for dog fighting..theses days you have to be vigilante about your pets being out with them or have a fence .dogs outside without these are taking a chance