The Toronto Humane Society is urgently asking for help from the public to help identify a man caught on their security cameras Friday stealing a 10-month-old yellow lab puppy called Milo from his kennel. Toronto Humane Society employees are concerned about Milo's safety and hope to find him returned safely soon. They're asking for Torontonians to keep an eye out for the man and the dog, and to report any sightings to the police.
It all happened while Toronto Humane Society staff were onboarding a new security system. It appears the dog thief saw an opportunity for access and made away with Milo undetected. Given that the Toronto Humane Society exists solely for the purpose of protecting local animals, this security breach has been distressing for the Toronto branch.
"We are absolutely devastated," THS wrote in a heartbreaking call out for help on Instagram. "Please bring us back Milo safely."
Although the Toronto Humane Society takes every effort to safeguard the animals in their care, like ensuring their dogs are microchipped and spayed or neutered, there's only so much you can do when we're talking about a dog thief.
After all, you can't exactly use a microchip like a GPS tracker — they only serve as an identification tool for reuniting lost dogs with their owners, not the other way around.
So far, their appeal to the public has been well received with an outpouring of support from the Toronto community.
"Oh my gosh! I hope Milo gets returned soon," commented one Instagram user. "Poor pup and THS staff. I know how hard your team works, and I'm sure they're all upset about this."
This comes as part of a worrying dognapping trend across Toronto, and it has many dog owners rightfully concerned. Just last month, a dog was stolen from its owner during a walk down Church St after a man asked to pet a local's dog and walked away with the pup instead.
Earlier this summer, another Toronto dog was stolen from a woman riding the TTC after she reportedly fell asleep, somewhere between Rosedale and St. Andrew subway stations. Luckily, both of these owners were reunited with their furry friends.
Anyone in Toronto with information about Milo is encouraged to contact the Toronto Police or Crime Stoppers.