The power of social media combined with the actions of an astute Osoyoos business employee and Osoyoos RCMP members located a stolen dog that was returned to its rightful owner in Burnaby.
Cali, a 15-week-old black, brown and white beagle-spaniel cross was reported stolen to the Burnaby RCMP on May 10.
Her owner said acquaintances had stolen Cali and were headed to Quebec in a light blue car with unknown Quebec licence plates.
Cali’s owner also posted the theft on Facebook, including photos of the two suspects.
RCMP said that’s when the alert employee of a local store read the story and recalled that two people matching the description had entered the store earlier looking for a dog leash and dog food. The employee was also aware that the pair subsequently visited another business in search of the same items and were also inquiring about free places to camp in the Osoyoos area.
The employee reached out to Cali’s owner via social media, who in turn contacted the Osoyoos Mounties.
Enter RCMP constables Jody Rausch and Brent Greenfield.
Acting on limited information, the two officers, who are animal enthusiasts, set off on a search of the Strawberry Creek Road area, eventually locating two people in possession of Cali.
The pooch was seized by police, and after doing some not-so-hard time at the Osoyoos RCMP Detachment (which included treats, water, a soft bed and lots of belly rubs), Cali was returned to her grateful owner who drove immediately to Osoyoos from Burnaby.
“This is a great news story which highlights the power of social media when used for a positive purpose,” Cpl. Dave Smith of the Osoyoos RCMP said in a news release.
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