Dog stolen from park case 'fabricated': Cops

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. Police revealed July 16 that the story had allegedly been fabricated. (TPS supplied photo)

Shawn Jeffords, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:21 PM ET

TORONTO -- Police are howling mad over what they're calling an alleged "fabricated" story which saw their detectives duped into hunting for an apparent dognapper.

Const. David Hopkinson said Wednesday police spent three weeks investigating an reported abduction of a dog at a city park.

It turns out to be an elaborate scheme concocted to fool police into recovering a dog that had been rightfully given away, he said.

"He had a change of heart and returned to Toronto to search for his dog," Hopkinson said of a 29-year-old Montreal man police now want on warrant.

"He couldn't find it so he engaged the police in a fraudulent investigation to try to find this dog."

Police say they were alerted June 18 to the apparent theft of a dog. They issued a public appeal for help in the brazen robbery, which allegedly occurred on June 5.


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