South Okanagan BC SPCA staff are concerned for a dog’s safety after he was stolen from the shelter. Branch manager Corinne Ross says staff discovered the theft Thursday morning when they fed the dogs at the Penticton shelter, many of whom were surrendered to the BC SPCA last week after investigators executed a search warrant at a Vernon hobby farm.
“Someone had taken wire cutters and cut the outside of the kennel,” Ross says, noting the stolen dog, a one-year-old carlin pinscher named Cooper, has a great personality. “He was the most friendly little guy. We’re really concerned – why would someone steal a dog from a shelter? He was just neutered on Tuesday and is on medication for the surgery.”
Cooper and 13 other dogs were surrendered to the SPCA late last week, along with seven horses. The dogs – two rottweilers and 12 carlin pinschers – were willingly surrendered into the SPCA’s care after several visits from BC SCPA officials.
Penticton RCMP attended the shelter Thursday morning and Ross is hopeful they and the public can help bring Cooper back to the safety of the BC SPCA. The canine cutie has a tattoo in his right ear (#624 ABLB) and anyone with information is asked to contact the branch at 250-493-0136 or Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
“We’re worried about his safety,” Ross says. “He’s supposed to be taking medication and if someone is capable of stealing a dog from a shelter, who knows what else they’re capable of?”
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.