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Janine Huntley‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúIt might be just a dog to somebody,‚ÄĚ Janine Huntley said. ‚ÄúI understand that some people don‚Äôt like dogs and would never own one, but the thing is, they were a part of our family. Why would you take (them)?‚ÄĚ
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.
‚ÄúWe let our dogs out like we do every day -- they run around and play and come back in the house,‚ÄĚ she explained.
When the two fuzzy family members didn‚Äôt return within the hour, she got concerned, and five hours later she started calling neighbours.
‚ÄúWe have a bush behind us that a lot of time they‚Äôll in and sniff around and that type of thing, but we went in there and there‚Äôs zero trace of them,‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúThese dogs that are missing didn‚Äôt take off -- especially (Lily). She doesn‚Äôt run off because she has bad hips so doesn‚Äôt move a lot in the winter.‚ÄĚ
Lily, a short-haired rottweiler cross, is ‚Äúmore of an inside dog, and she‚Äôs pretty leery of strangers, but if somebody‚Äôs got food they‚Äôre her best friend.‚ÄĚ
Cooper, a one-year-old jet black purebred Labrador, leans more toward the friendly side.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs just the friendly dog who wants to see anybody, especially if he‚Äôs cold or if there‚Äôs food,‚ÄĚ Huntley said.
I understand that some people don‚Äôt 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‚Äôt the first time she‚Äôs heard of dogs going missing under mysterious circumstances.
‚ÄúWe have heard of dogs going missing the last couple of years ‚Äď especially in the city,‚ÄĚ Lehner said. ‚ÄúThe majority of them small breed dogs. That was about a year ago, and then things appeared to quiet down.‚ÄĚ
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.
‚ÄúIn outlying areas it‚Äôs the medium to large dogs ‚Äď a lot of them pit bulls,‚ÄĚ Lehner said.
‚ÄúI have no idea why somebody would stop and take dogs out of people‚Äôs yards ‚Ä¶ I don‚Äôt 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.‚ÄĚ
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‚Äô 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.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs just heartbreaking,‚ÄĚ Huntley said. ‚ÄúWe just want our pets home -- that‚Äôs all.‚ÄĚ