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Suspect identified in alleged theft of puppy from Toronto Humane Society

Last Updated Aug 11, 2019 at 1:16 pm EDT

Christopher Rich is wanted in connection with the theft of a 10-month-old puppy from the Toronto Humane Society. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service

Toronto police have identified the suspect wanted in the alleged theft of a puppy from the Toronto Humane Society on Friday morning.

The man reportedly went to the Humane Society on three seperate occasions and demanded to be given a dog for free. Each time he was turned away.

Staff at the Humane Society say he became belligerent with staff, accusing them of being disrespectful by making him go through the adoption process.

On Friday around 11:30 a.m., he allegedly returned to the shelter, walked directly to the kennels, going unnoticed by staff, leashed the dog and walked out the front door. He was last seen on an eastbound GO train, getting off at the Oshawa station.

The incident was reported to police and photos of the dog and suspect were posted on the Humane Society’s social media pages. With the public’s help, the man was identified.

Christopher Rich, 31, of no fixed address is wanted for theft under $5,000.

The dog is a 10-month-old retriever/hound mix named Milo. He is microchipped and neutered.


Surveillance footage of a man wanted in the suspected theft of a 10 month old rescue pup from the Humane Society and a photo of the stolen pup, Milo. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service