Don't Car Jack My Dog

Sep 06, 2007 04:30 AM
Curtis Rush
Staff Reporter

His first night in Oakville was one that Mike Roberts won't soon forget.
On Tuesday evening, the 57-year-old Air Canada pilot parked his 2006 Chevy Trailblazer at an Oakville grocery store and left his dog inside the vehicle.
He and his wife, Barbara, a registered nurse, had moved to Oakville from Toronto a day earlier and were doing some shopping for their new house.
It was a harsh welcome to his new town.

Store surveillance cameras show Roberts going into the Great Canadian Superstore on Oak Walk Dr., in the Trafalgar Rd. and Dundas St. E. area, at 6:18 p.m. and another picture of a man driving his SUV away at 6:34 p.m., Roberts said.

The thief probably didn't even know that the family dog, a 4-year-old golden retriever named Cian, was in the back seat, probably sleeping. Roberts wasn't as worried about finding the SUV as he was about the dog.

"It was heartbreaking.

"We don't have any kids, so the dog is our family," Roberts said yesterday.
His fear was that when the thief discovered the dog, he would just get rid of it.

But yesterday he and Barbara had a happy reunion with Cian (pronounced Keean) which was found yesterday afternoon 70 kilometres away at the Six Nations reserve in the village of Ohsweken.

The dog was nowhere in sight when police found the SUV at about 2:30 a.m. in a soybean field.

Roberts suspects the car was about to be stripped down for its parts.
Roberts said the SUV's Boomerang tracking device helped police locate the car which had travelled through Ancaster and Waterloo before winding up in the field.

Roberts and his wife were devastated that the dog was still missing and drove out to Six Nations yesterday to join the search. They had to miss a memorial service for Barbara's brother, a horse trainer at Woodbine Racetrack, who had died of cancer.

They were told by police that the Six Nations reserve has packs of wild dogs and their dog might not survive very long if left outside.

"We were walking through the field and the police told us, `Don't be surprised if you find something really ugly here,'" Roberts said.

Eventually, police got a tip that someone had seen a dog at a house at the Six Nations reserve. The dog was turned over, hungry but otherwise in fine shape.
"The dog hasn't stopped eating since I got it home," Roberts said. "He looks pretty healthy, except tired."

The police have made no arrests.

Halton police, however, are thrilled to have reunited the dog with the Oakville couple.

"It came to a very successful and happy ending," Sgt. Peter Payne said.
"The family was just ecstatic."

Police don't believe the car thief knew the dog was in the car at the time.
Thanks god the dog was ok!

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