Having a pet stolen from you is possibly one of the biggest heartbreaks a pet owner could go through. Police are looking for the woman involved in a Toronto dog theft which apparently saw a pup stolen from a TTC subway station. The dognapper walked off with the pet while its female owner was unconscious and suffering a medical emergency.
The Toronto Police Service has now released surveillance pictures of the woman in question and is asking for the public's help.
In that release, issued Friday, December 13, the TPS states that after a woman entered Kipling Subway Station with her dog on October 27, she fell out of consciousness due to a "medical episode."
When she came to, her dog Charlie had been taken from her.
In an interview with the Toronto Sun a few weeks after the incident occurred, owner Venessa Shibley, who has sleep apnea, explained the pain the incident caused her.
“I got my dog so he would be with me for emotional support so he could be with me all the time. I’m just a mess. I miss the little guy. I just love him so much,” Shibley said.
Charlie's owner, who explained she sometimes falls asleep "in the weirdest places," said she felt an episode coming on while she was visiting a friend.
She went to a washroom stall to fall asleep while holding onto Charlie's leash. But when she woke up, her pup was gone.
Police are now asking for the public's help in identifying the woman who stole the doggo.
She is described as 5 feet 2 to 5 feet 5, about 100 pounds, with a slim build.
In the photos provided by police, she is seen with long light-brown hair in a ponytail while wearing black aviator sunglasses, a purple jacket, blue jeans, and black and white running shoes.
She was also seen carrying two black backpacks and a black bag covered in white stars, according to the release.
This is far from the first dognapping incident around Toronto.
A similar situation happened a few months ago in downtown Toronto when a man asked to pet the owner's Yorkshire Terrier before grabbing it and running away.
And another incident on the TTC a few months ago saw a woman's dog stolen while she was asleep on the subway.
This sort of thing can be a terrifying and traumatic experience, especially for one Ontario family who had their dog stolen from their cottage and were left with a horrifying note.
Although several weeks have now passed since the incident occurred, Shibley's beloved companion has yet to be found.
Police ask anyone with information to contact them at 416-808-1100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477, online at www.222tips.com, online at their Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR to 274637.