Dog stolen from Langford construction site found in Alberta

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A three-month-old Pomeranian puppy has been reunited with his owner after a charity that specializes in reuniting lost and missing pets with their owners traced him back to Alberta.

A three-month-old Pomeranian puppy has been reunited with his owner after a charity that specializes in reuniting lost and missing pets with their owners traced him back to Alberta.

The two-and-a-half pound nugget disappeared at a Langford construction site along with its owner’s truck and RV on May 26. Shawnigan Lake RCMP found the RV abandoned later that day, but the gray Ford F-250 truck and Nugget were nowhere to be found.

After ROAM (Reuniting Owners with Animals Missing) posted a picture of Nugget on its social media page, anonymous tips from the public immediately began to pour in.

“We got some leads from reliable sources,” said Lesli Steeves, one of the group’s founders.

“After confirming some of the tips I narrowed it down and had a good idea of ​​who had it and where the person lived.

“I contacted her on social media. She didn’t respond at first, but I persevered. Eventually she replied and confirmed that she had Nugget.”

Steeves spent a few days corresponding with the person, trying to gain their trust and reminding them that the dog had been stolen and that his owner missed him.

“I think she achieved that because she confided in me that her dog had a history of being stolen,” said Steeves, who has had success using social media to find other dogs in the past.

“Also, she said people started saying bad things about her,” Steeves said.

“She told me she had nothing to do with the theft but was given the dog as a gift, presumably by the same person who stole the truck.”

The recipient eventually agreed to return Nugget and dropped him off at Brooks Animal Protection Society in Brooks, about 120 miles east of Calgary.

Nugget was picked up and driven back to Victoria, where he was reunited with his owner, a Lower Mainland construction worker, on Monday.

“Social media can be so mean and terrible, but when it’s used for things like this, it can be magical,” Steeves said.

ROAM was founded in 2016. The volunteer-run charity offers missing dog and cat owners a place on their Facebook page to post messages about their lost pets. Posts remain active until resolved.

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