The puppy is a nine-month old Australian shepherd named Opal.
Nine-month-old Opal, an Australian shepherd, was taken on August 11 while inside a vehicle that was stolen, and police are pleading for the pup to be returned to safety.
"At the end of the day, we'd like to make an actual plea to the suspects to do what they can to turn this dog in," Inspector Ryan Connolly of the Region Municipality of Durham told Narcity.
"Take the dog to a safe place and then contact us and just say where the dog is. Right now, first and foremost is just returning this dog to its owners."
STOLEN VEHICLE AND DOG: Police are looking for a 2015 silver Dodge RAM pickup truck AY12574 that was stolen from Po… https://t.co/xcnqSLFcwQ— Durham Regional Police (@Durham Regional Police) 1628707599.0
The 2015 silver Dodge RAM pick-up truck was stolenin Port Perry at around 10 a.m. near Scugog Line 3 and Simcoe. Unfortunately, Opal was taken along with it, as the pup was inside of the vehicle, according to a Durham Regional Police tweet.
"Unfortunately, the dog hasn't been found nor has the vehicle," said Connolly. "Investigators are actively working on this case right now, and we're doing everything we can to find this dog and get him back to his owners."
Connolly says they have sent out a post to all of the police services in Ontario, and they are actively searching for the vehicle, which has been listed as stolen.
According to Connolly, they are also checking video footage from municipal speed cameras and other cameras in the Port Perry area to check for any potential leads.
"We do have a solid lead that the suspect was potentially in Gooderham, a small town in northern Ontario."
The license plate on the pickup truck is AY12574, and according to Connolly, it has a distinctive round Yeti sticker on its back end.
UPDATE: On Monday, Durham Police announced that Opal and the truck have been located. The puppy has been reunited with its owners.
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