RCMP investigate alleged puppy-napping

Trail Champion
By Trail Champion
April 13th, 2023

On Monday, April 11 at 7:29 a.m., frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP officers responded to a report of a dog-napping in the 1400 block of Bay Avenue, in Trail. A 26-year-old Trail man claimed his six-week-old puppy was not returned to him after paying someone to walk him, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

He said the officers located the allegedly stolen puppy in the possession of a 47-year-old Trail man. The man said he received the dog from another person, and not the 26-year-old man claiming ownership. The man surrendered the puppy to the officers after admitting he did not return the puppy at an arranged time.

Wincentowich added Trail RCMP were notified that a second person also claimed to own the puppy.

The puppy, nicknamed Gary, will be turned over into the care of the Castlegar SPCA until the investigation is completed.

This is an unusual case for the police. Trail RCMP believes Gary may be stolen and will try to determine ownership before Gary’s return. Unfortunately, interviewing Gary himself wasn’t much help to us,  Wicentowich said.

Anyone with information about this incident or claiming ownership can call the Trail Detachment at 250-364-2566 to speak to an investigator.

Categories: Crime


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