Reunited With Stolen Dog

September 2, 2020

After six days of frustration and anxiety, a Surrey family has been reunited with their dog, all thanks to an anonymous tip.

Rob Alton says his dog, Tres, was likely stolen last week after he had let it outside his Fleetwood townhome.

He says witnesses saw two people chasing the 4-pound Chihuahua down an alley, and one of them had Tres tucked under their arm as they left.

Alton says there was no trace of the pooch until Wednesday afternoon, when someone sent him a text, saying they knew where the dog was.

“We got an anonymous text message with the address where my dog was, to hurry, that he was being potentially being resold and moved, and a picture of him,” says Alton. “In the picture he looked quite scared, when he’s scared or nervous his mouth is open and his eyes get a little weird.”

He says he rushed to the house, which was only about 20 blocks away, then called the police.

“They attended as well and my dog was there, and it wasn’t too hard of a process to get him back because he’s so unique looking.”

Alton doesn’t know who sent the text, but says they were instrumental in making sure his dog made it back home.

“I don’t know if they are room-mates in the house, or neighbours, but they were aware of what was going on, and they wanted to make sure Tres came home instead of being sold off to wherever,” he says.

He says the person caught with the dog told police they had purchased it from a friend for $500, and it doesn’t look like they will be punished.

“As the police were concerned, they just want to close the case with a happy ending and not have to go any further,” says Alton.

He says since the dog’s return, it’s been an emotional day, especially for his wife.

“As a surprise, I picked up Tres and took him straight to her work and she was crying for probably about 10 minutes,” he says. “He’s very much a member of the family.”

While Tres is not a registered therapy dog, Alton says he provides emotional support for his children, including his son, who struggles with anxiety and stress.

He says while this has been tough on his family, he can’t imagine what it was like for little Tres.

“God knows he went through the last six days, you know, if he could only talk.”

  • Most Recent News

    Big Dogs Need Owners

    October 9, 2020

    When the shutdown orders took full effect, it became nearly impossible to find a small dog available for adoption as Southlanders sought furry companions. In many Southland shelters, only larger breeds remained available for adoption. Now Los Angeles Animal Service is touting the joys of big dogs while offering discounted adoption fees for larger breeds […]

    Read more

    Service Dog Walkathon

    October 9, 2020

    On Saturday, October 3, hundreds of walkers from across 15 states joined the path to bettering the world for children with autism and their families as part of BluePath Service Dogs’ fourth annual walkathon. The family-friendly fundraiser – this year held virtually – raised more than $120,000 to further BluePath’s mission of providing autism service […]

    Read more

    Service Dog In The Marching Band

    October 9, 2020

    In a year that is anything but normal, the Jones College Maroon Typhoon Marching Band has welcomed its first known service dog member this fall. Laurie, a 3-year-old golden retriever, is baritone saxophone player Sara-Beth McKellar’s service dog. The Vicksburg native was diagnosed with epilepsy as a sophomore in high school after her first seizure. […]

    Read more

    Church Blesses Animals

    October 9, 2020

    St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception in Port Jervis hosted a special outdoor service last Sunday afternoon to bless the community’s pets, animals and other living creatures. In keeping with current pandemic rules, pet owners wore masks, remained distant, and took part in praying for dogs, cats, turtles, and other pets and animals around […]

    Read more

    Police Welcomes New Canine

    October 9, 2020

    Young Kingston Police service dog Bask may look small, but his handler says his training and energy are proving that he’s up to fill the shoes of his predecessor. “I think he’s going to be a great little dog,” Const. Jeff Dickson said, looking down at his new partner. A partner that, wearing the right […]

    Read more

    Dog Park For Travelers

    October 9, 2020

    St. Petersburg is widely recognized as a dog-friendly city, and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport is making sure its four-legged visitors and their humans feel welcome by rolling out the artificial turf carpet. With the completion of the airport’s parking and roadway project – part of a series of multi-million dollar improvements at the airport over the […]

    Read more

    Service Dog Helps Firefighters

    October 9, 2020

    Firefighters battling the Archie Creek and Thielsen fires have had some long, exhausting days. But for some, their troubles seemed to melt away once they got back to camp. Why? Meet Ralph Colombo. He hauls oversize loads. And joining Ralph is his service dog, Cowboy – the morale boosting, firefighting puppy. “He just keeps my […]

    Read more

    Pet Therapy Program

    October 9, 2020

    Saturday, October 10 is World Mental Health Day, which this year has a new sense of urgency for many. Covid-19 has taken a mental and emotional toll on healthcare workers across the U.S but there is a program boosting the spirits of doctors and nurses on the frontlines. At UC Irvine Medical Center in Southern […]

    Read more

    A Service Dogs Place

    October 9, 2020

    A new Pineville nonprofit that helps people with disabilities obtain service dogs has made its first match. The Saber Life Foundation was started in March by Danea Key and her husband Joel. They provide people with trained service dogs, paying 51 percent of the cost, with the client paying the other 49 percent. Service dogs […]

    Read more

    Dog Beating Cancer

    October 9, 2020

    A little over a year after a local dog was given only a few months to live after being diagnosed with bone cancer, she is still in remission and will be celebrated her twelfth birthday this month. Cocoa has been with her owner, Bucyrus resident Christie Auck, since she was nine-weeks-old. “On Aug. 18, 2019, […]

    Read more

    More Recent News