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Man snatches puppy from Kelowna home in brazen daytime theft

Sundae, a 13-month-old puppy, was stolen from a home on Clement Avenue in Kelowna, June 8, 2022.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/January Bergen

A Kelowna woman is distraught after her new puppy was stolen from inside her home yesterday afternoon.

January Bergen, who has a home on Clement Avenue, was outside tending to some rhubarb when a man entered the back door in her yard, went into the kitchen and spoke with a friend who was washing dishes in the kitchen, June 8.

“A friend in the kitchen said ‘someone stole your dog and was running away with her,’” Bergen said. “He said ‘I heard there was a puppy to pet here' and grabbed her in his arms and ran.”

She said he attempted to steal all three of her dogs by leashing them together using one leash, but was unsuccessful in wrangling them when they escaped and ended up fleeing with her 13-month-old puppy named Sundae.

A city bylaw officer also saw the man run away with the dog and the other two dogs were later found roaming together on the leash and are currently being housed in the pound, she said. City bylaw services could not be reached for comment by Thursday's deadline.

Sundae is a brown, female, pitbull-rottweiler mix and Bergen has only had her for a little more than a month.

“I got her because I got diagnosed with cancer 13 years ago and then I got diagnosed with bowel cancer… and I wanted a puppy for my daughter and me… my dogs are my world,” she said.

Bergen said the matter was reported to the RCMP and they visited her house this morning. She said she knows who did it.

Kelowna RCMP media relations liaison Mike Della-Paolera said dog thefts are uncommon in the city.

In the last year and a half, he’s only heard of one other file where a puppy was stolen in West Kelowna but it was recovered within a few hours in downtown Kelowna.

“It’s a sad story,” he said. “In all the years I’ve been policing too, it happens but it’s pretty rare.”

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