Surrey RCMP request help in dog thefts related to "dog rescue" group.
2011-12-01 17:20:00 -0800
Where: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Surrey RCMP are asking for help from the public after the arrest of two women who posed as animal welfare officers were charged with dog-napping. The women charged were involved in "A Better Life Dog Rescue". Its founder and director Janet Olson, and co-director Louise Reid, were arrested by Surrey RCMP on Nov. 21, 2011 after they were watched by undercover police stealing Sampson the bulldog from the back yard of the Zuffa family home in Coquitlam, BC. Olson has also been charged with a theft related to another dog stolen in Surrey on April 13, 2011.
RCMP Cpl. Drew Grainger said police had become aware of allegations that Olson might be behind a rash of animal thefts throughout the Lower Mainland after people reported seeing dogs led away by suspects wearing "Animal Welfare" uniforms. The pair's modus operandi appears to have been to target homes with an unattended, yet healthy, dog in a yard. They would wear official looking uniforms with "Animal Welfare" emblazened on them, and then remove the pet from the owner's home, later putting the stolen dog up for adoption.
The Surrey RCMP believe there are more victims and are trying to locate them. They are appealing to the public to come forward with any further information from witnesses or other victims whose pets may have suspiciously gone missing in the Lower Mainland. Information can be directed to the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.