Husky puppy missing from Richmond kennel found
B.C. Canine Training Centre lost 3-month-old Siberian husky hours after he was dropped off
UPDATE: A Richmond woman says her three-month Siberian husky puppy, Sosa, who went missing from the B.C. Canine Training Centre boarding facility Wednesday, has been found.
Suzette Henricus said she was having trouble sleeping and made her way towards the kennel late Thursday night where she found Sosa nearby in the bushes.
It's still not clear how the dog got out of the boarding facility. There are no further details at this time.
Sosa had disappeared shortly after Henricus dropped him at the kennel and staff couldn't explain why.
"I've never had anything like this happen to me. He's part of our family," Henricus told CBC News on Thursday before Sosa was found.
"I didn't even know what to think. We trusted the kennel, it's like a daycare.
"You take your own child and you put your child there to watch over your baby. He's our child. You don't ever think your dog is going to go missing from a kennel," she said.
Henricus spent hours searching the agricultural land near the kennel, along Number 3 Road and Dyke Road in Richmond. She said the dog's disappearance was a mystery: Sosa is too small to jump over a fence, but still too big to crawl into a hole.
The kennel's owner, Phil Moriarty, said he couldn't understand how the puppy went missing either. The dogs can't escape from the inside of the building and there are generally three to four staff members in the yard outside, he said.
"It's inexplicable to us how it got out. If it did make it past the two barriers, the only thing we can think of is that when the general public comes in sometimes they don't completely close the front door and it was pretty windy yesterday," he said.
Still, he claimed full responsibility. The kennel has had roughly a quarter of a million dogs stay at its boarding facility and only three have ever gone missing, he said.
"Usually a large dog that's been able to jump a fence and we've gotten them back," he said.
"We're apologizing like crazy and at the end of the day we have a responsibility to look after the dogs to make sure they don't go missing and we feel terrible about it," he said.
with files from the CBC's Bal Brach