A 91-year-old man and his dog have been reunited after suspects stole his vehicle with Teddy (the dog) inside.
Barrie Police say the vehicle theft happened early Saturday afternoon in the Hurst Drive and Golden Meadow Road area.
Great news to share from #BarriePolice! Teddy has been located and is being returned to his family for what will be a late dinner. He was actually located in Oro-Medonte near where the car crashed. Now if dogs could only talk, we would have the whole story to share. pic.twitter.com/aqw7krxk26— Barrie Police (@BarriePolice) June 4, 2022
Peter Leon, spokesperson for Barrie Police, says the senior was helping the two female suspects jump-start their car – they were unable to do so – at which point they stole his vehicle along with Teddy inside.
Leon says one of the suspects was dropped off while the other suspect, and the dog in tow, ended up in a single-vehicle collision around Line 7 South and Ridge Road in Oro-Medonte. There was significant damage to the car.
According to Leon, OPP and their canine unit located the suspect, and the dog was found near the crash scene.
Police say Teddy was safely reunited with his family in time for a late dinner.
“At the end of the day, this dog’s back where he belongs with his family and his favourite bed snuggled up, and no worse for wear,” said Leon. “And if he could only talk, the story Teddy could tell.”
One suspect is in custody, while police are searching for the other female.
Contact Barrie Police if you have any information.
Feature image via Barrie Police Twitter