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Dog dragged along road in brazen daytime vehicle theft in Windermere

July 29, 2020 - 1:22 PM

A 24-year-old Alberta man has been arrested after he tried to push a dog out of an SUV he had just stolen but instead dragged the dog along behind the vehicle.

The Southeast District RCMP estimates 'Indy' the dog was dragged by the SUV for about one block before it managed to break out of its collar.

According to a Southeast District RCMP media release, the dog's owner left her Toyota RAV4 running with Indy inside while she went into a store in downtown Windermere on Monday, July 27, afternoon. When she returned, the vehicle was gone.

"A short time later the woman saw her RAV4 drive past and could only watch as the auto theft suspect tried to push her dog out of the moving SUV," Southeast District RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said in the release. "In doing so, the dog’s leash became caught in the door resulting in the dog being dragged for a distance of approximately one block."

RCMP officers began searching for the stolen vehicle and obtained surveillance footage of a male suspect. Soon after, the suspect was spotted walking on Subdivision Road in Windermere and arrested. The SUV was found nearby.

The suspect, Rylan Kinsey, 24, from Airdrie, Alta was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, causing injury to an animal and three counts of failing to comply with release conditions.

Luckily, Indy, the husky hound shepherd cross is expected to make a full recovery and received stitches for abrasions and lacerations from being dragged along by the vehicle. Indy's owner believes the dog must have either slipped out of the collar or broke away to escape being dragged along.

The Columbia Valley RCMP is requesting anyone who witnessed the incident and has not spoken to police to call them on 250-342-9292.

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