Calgary

Puggle found safe after being stolen from Calgary pet store

One of two puppies stolen from a Calgary pet store on the weekend has been found.

Boston terrier still missing from Top Dog pet shop after weekend break-in

These two puppies were stolen from a northeast Calgary pet store earlier in July. (Top Dog)

One of two puppies stolen from a Calgary pet store has been found safe. 

On Saturday, Top Dog staff came in to work to find the store's front window and a kennel window had been smashed.

A Boston terrier and a puggle (part beagle, part pug) were missing.

Both were microchipped and worth thousands of dollars.

"We're very pleased to have our sweet girl back," said Marion Church, co-owner of Top Dog. 

Church said the store received a call about the puggle's whereabouts from Willow Park Animal Clinic.

A clinic staffer and a member of the public found the puppy Wednesday in a soft-sided carrier in a motel parking lot near Macleod Trail and Southland Drive S.E., she said.

The clinic contacted Top Dog after staff scanned the puppy for a microchip. 

The store's owners say the glass of the kennel was smashed in. (Top Dog)

"Greed and selfishness motivated these people, but Boston terriers are quite rare," Church said. "They're harder to find."

She said she suspects thieves targeted the Boston terrier and took the puggle — the puppies were roommates — out of opportunistic desire. 

"She's an adorable little monkey. She's a very standard, very healthy little puggle and she was likely just excited to go with her friend," Church said. 

The store has never had an incident like this in 10 years of operating, Church said, adding the owners have talked with their landlord about upgrading security cameras.

Anyone with information about the Boston terrier's location is asked to contact police.

With files from Tim Devlin

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

now