More dogs reported missing southeast of P.A.

Tyler Clarke
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The missing dog toll is now up to six, with two more dogs reported missing a few kilometres southeast of Prince Albert.

Two of the six dogs missing from southeast of Prince Albert are seen.

“We can say that it’s very disturbing, and I can’t even imagine what the owners of these dogs are going through,” Prince Albert SPCA assistant manager Leanne Roberts said. “Not knowing is the worst part.”

Some time between Sunday and Monday, Duke and Spike, two St. Bernard/mastiff crosses two-and-a-half years in age went missing from an acreage.

The acreage is within about five kilometres of where four dogs by two different owners went missing around the same time, on Sunday.

“The RCMP have been notified and they are looking into it,” Roberts said. “Having that many dogs missing from the same area is very suspicious.”

Duke and Spike are known to wander about their acreage, owner John Smith said, adding that “they’re home every night.”

(John Smith is not his real name – it has been changed due to his work at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary.)

That was, until Sunday night.

“Whoever took them, I wish they’d just bring them back,” Smith said, adding that he’s almost certain they were stolen.

“They’re just good family pets. They’ll go out and play with you, you can wrestle them -- there’s not a harmful bone in their body.”

“They’re a really big part of our family – they’re our other two kids. We have two boys, and then we have those two.”

The eccentric dogs have been with the Smith family since they were about 10-week-old pups.

Eccentric, since neither dog enjoys being indoors.

We can say that it’s very disturbing, and I can’t even imagine what the owners of these dogs are going through. Leanne Roberts

“I built them a big doghouse and a kennel, and they sleep in a snow bank around the front step,” Smith said.

Duke is between 85 pounds and 95 pounds and Spike is between 95 pounds and 105 pounds. Duke is a darker brown colour and Spike is blonde.

Smith said that his family has been searching for their canine family members daily – travelling their property and surrounding area by vehicle, snowmobile and foot, but have yet to find any trace of them.

Sometime on Sunday, in the same area, Janine Huntley’s two dogs, Lily and Cooper, were also reported missing -- strange, since neither dog is known for leaving the house for more than an hour or so.

On top of that, Lily has bad hips so doesn’t move around a lot in the winter, Huntley explained.

Lily is a shorthaired rottweiler cross who is fairly leery of strangers.

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

A nearby resident reported two of their dogs missing, bringing the total to six in the Davis area, a few kilometres southeast of Prince Albert.

Keep an eye on your dogs, Roberts said, also requesting that anyone with information about any of the missing dogs is encouraged to phone their local police detachment or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 

Organizations: RCMP, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Prince Albert SPCA, Davis

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