Saskatchewan

Thief steals coat off dog's back

A Regina man says someone stole the coat off his pet cocker spaniel's back while the dog was waiting in the car for her master to return from running an errand.

A Regina man says someone stole the coat off his pet cocker spaniel's back while the dog was waiting in the car for her master to return from running an errand.

"It's a pretty low crime," Garrett Wilson told CBC News as he recounted the incident that took place in a downtown parking lot Feb. 17.

Wilson said he had a quick errand to do and left Riley in his car and thought he had locked the doors. His pet was wearing a doggie coat.

Garrett described the coat, which was a gift from his daughter, as a "nice stylish little thing with a turned-up collar" made of material designed to look like sheepskin.

"When I returned to the car, apparently I hadn't locked it too securely, and there was Riley with no coat," Wilson said.

At first Wilson thought the dog wriggled out of the coat, but the garment was nowhere to be found.

"Somebody had entered the car, removed Riley's coat and scarpered with it," Wilson said.

He added the expression on Riley's face confirmed she had been robbed. "She seemed to be a little concerned as if trying to explain what had happened to her coat," he said, noting Riley is so friendly the thief likely had an easy time.

"Riley is a very affectionate dog and I'm sure she was licking the thief's face as her coat was being taken," Wilson said.

Fortunately, considering the ongoing cold in Regina, Riley has another coat to wear although Wilson said the older coat is "not nearly as stylish or warm."

"It's a bottom-feeding crime down there with snatching purses from little old ladies," Wilson observed.

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