Dog-napper posed as trainer: Police

This cane corso was taken from its owner by a man posing as a dog trainer, Toronto Police said on...

This cane corso was taken from its owner by a man posing as a dog trainer, Toronto Police said on June 18, 2014. (TPS supplied photo)

Terry Davidson, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:34 PM ET

TORONTO - A man who posed as a professional dog trainer is now wanted for stealing a canine from its owner, Toronto Police said Wednesday.

 

A woman arranged to meet a man with her dog at Sunnybrook Park in the Bayview Ave and Blythwood Rd area on June 5 at around 1 p.m., police said.

The man identified himself on the Kijiji online classified website as a professional dog trainer.

After a short conversation, the man grabbed the woman’s dog — a black, five-month-old male Cane Corso — and ran with it to a nearby waiting vehicle, described by investigators as a navy-blue pickup truck.

“She was looking for a professional dog trainer on Kijiji,” said Toronto Police spokesman Cosnt. Jenifferjit Sidhu. “The woman went online for someone to train her dog, they meet at the park, and then he grabs the dog and runs to the vehicle.”


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