A 10 month old puppy was stolen from the Toronto Humane society but later returned safely


A 10-month-old puppy has safely made his way back to the Toronto Humane Society after being stolen on Friday.


“It’s so exciting, we’re so thrilled to have him back,” said Hannah Sotropa, public relations specialist at the animal shelter.

“He is so gentle and loving and has had nothing but cuddles since he got here.”



Const. David Hopkinson with Toronto police told the National Post someone recognized the person believed to be responsible in Durham on Sunday afternoon.

A phone call to police led investigators to the suspect and Milo, who were transported to Toronto.

Officers returned Milo to the Humane Society at 4 p.m. Sunday.


Toronto police say Christopher Rich, 31, visited the animal shelter three times demanding he be given the tan-coloured retriever-hound mix for free.



After being turned away each time, he returned Friday morning, walking directly into the kennels and putting a leash on Milo and walking out with him, they allege.



Hopkinson did not confirm whether a suspect in custody is Rich as the investigation is ongoing. 
 The Humane Society said Milo may not have been returned without the help of so many on social media. 
 Veterinarians are assessing the puppy for any injuries and if he passes all of the tests, Milo will be back up for adoption. 

“He was taken in under five minutes,” Sotropa said. “It was absolutely devastating and overwhelming once we realized he was stolen.”


The Humane Society reported the incident to police and spread the word on social media.

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