Recently an article was highlighted in the Toronto Sun about a reward of $3000 being asked for a little white Shih-Tzu called Toby, stolen by a female, who posed as a volunteer driver acting for animal rescue and collected the dog. Toby, who is seven in dog years, 49 in human years, needs medication, was surrendered by his original owner, and was in-between going from one animal shelter to the one that was supposed to collect him, when the kidnapping happened. Toby was to go to a foster home after his treatment was done. When the real driver turned up, no Toby.
Drivers, even volunteer drivers acting for shelters should have some type of identification, in fact, all volunteers should. This type of incident sheds a bad light on the honest animal shelter organisations who are doing a good job by rescuing animals from some traumatic situations.
Animal shelters are trustworthy when it comes to dealing with the animals they work with, and with their owners. Who knows what really happened with Toby, but he has gained the media’s attention and we hope he is found soon.
The offer is now $3000 dollars, which is quite a bit of money, and no takers yet, perhaps the kidnapper is waiting for them to increase the offer, or has already sold the dog, as no adverts have appeared according to the media. This in itself higlights the depths of human depravity.
The way it was done is a similar crime to what happened some time ago, when criminals stole good dogs, then waited for the advert with a reward to appear, knowing how attached the owners are to their pets. Miraculously they find the dog, and they claim the reward. It is sad when animals are used this way for money.