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Allegedly stolen pup returned safely to Toronto Humane Society

Last Updated Aug 12, 2019 at 9:19 am EDT

Milo, a 10-month-old puppy that was allegedly stolen from a Toronto Humane Society facility, has been safely returned, the organization said Sunday.

Humane Society spokesperson Hannah Sotropa said the alleged suspect was reportedly arrested in the Durham area. The dog was brought to Toronto police and then returned to the shelter at around 4 p.m. Sunday.

Humane Society officials said the man was at their River Street location Thursday, wanting to take home a dog. They said he became belligerent with staff, accusing them of being disrespectful by making him go through the adoption process. He was eventually escorted off the premises by security.

The organization said the man returned around 11:30 a.m. Friday and walked directly into a room where Milo was, removed him from the kennel and then proceeded to walk out the front door, without anyone noticing.

Sotropa said Milo is in good spirits and he’ll get a full medical checkup and eventually be put up for adoption.

Const. David Hopkinson confirmed to CityNews that the suspect, Christopher Rich, 31, of no fixed address, was arrested by Durham Regional police and then remanded to Toronto police’s custody. He has been charged with theft under $5,000, failure to comply with probation and possession of property obtained by crime.