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3 charged in alleged puppy thefts, animals safely returned to owner

Last Updated Jun 4, 2020 at 11:41 am EDT

Peel regional police say three men have been charged after allegedly stealing two bulldog puppies that were for sale.

In a release police said a citizen met with three men on June 1 at around 7:15 p.m. near Bovaird Drive and Conestoga Drive in Brampton for the purpose of selling two bulldog puppies.

“During the transaction, the victim discovered that the men were trying to steal the puppies and attempted to retrieve them,” police said. “The men assaulted the victim and fled in a 2017, white Hyundai.”

“The victim followed the vehicle and attempted to recover the puppies while stopped at a traffic light, however the suspects accelerated away and dragged the victim for a short distance.”

Investigators found the first puppy and arrested two suspects. John Fisher, 22, of Aurora and Justin Khounlivong, 18, of Newmarket, were charged with possession of stolen property.

Khounlivong was also charged with possession of a loaded firearm.

The second puppy was sold to a citizen who returned it to police after learning through media coverage that it was stolen.

Both puppies were found safe and have been returned to their owner.

On Wednesday a third man was arrested in connection to the case.

Jason Urbina, 18 of Newmarket, is facing one count of robbery.