Saint John woman to be reunited with stolen pets
Published Wednesday, January 30, 2013 7:11PM AST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 30, 2013 7:14PM AST
Two dogs are homeward bound after being retrieved by police in Bridgewater.
Diamond and Bentley belong to a Saint John woman who says they were sold without her permission by the people she hired to look after them – people who are notorious for their previous dealings with animals.
Owner Cassie Craft says she is thrilled to get her Boxers back.
“They asked me if I wanted to put them in a kennel for a night and I said ‘no way, I am on my way!’”
Craft says she last saw her pets when she dropped them off at a home in Waverley, N.S.
When the woman with whom she entrusted the dogs cut off all communications, Craft went online, fearing they had been sold.
Her concerns grew when a Google search revealed she had boarded her dogs with Gail Benoit, a woman convicted of animal cruelty.
However, Benoit’s partner Dana Bailey tells CTV News that Craft gave them the dogs and claims he has emails to prove it.
Bridgewater Police began investigating the case last week.
“Our officers are currently…speaking with multiple witnesses who may have had contact with these dogs over the past few months,” confirms Bridgewater Police Const. William Creamer.
Police say the people who purchased the dogs didn’t know they were stolen and today the dogs were turned over to police in Bridgewater and Truro.
“A lot of them did not know these dogs were stolen and came forward themselves or have quickly come forward after police made contact with them to try to have the best possible outcome for these two animals to be returned to their owner,” says Creamer.
Craft plans to pick up her pets in Nova Scotia tonight and wants to thank the people who gave them up.
“Be careful who you trust. I really thought this lady was different and thought she’d look after my dogs and treat them good.”
Police say they do have one suspect in the case and will continue to investigate.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Kelland Sundahl