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Stolen Dog investigation,
Toronto Humane Society,
Christopher Rich, 31, arrested and charged

Broadcast time: 09:14
Monday, August 12, 2019

51 Division

Case #: 2019-1507176

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public's assistance a Theft of a Dog investigation.

It is reported that:

- A man attended the Toronto Humane Society, located at 11 River Street on three separate occasions and demanded that he be given a dog for free

- he was turned away each time

- on Friday, August 9, 2019, at 11:30 a.m., the man returned to the shelter, walked directly to the kennels, leashed a dog, and walked out the front door with the dog.

- the man and dog were last seen on an eastbound GO Train, exiting at Oshawa station later the same day

The Humane Society reported the incident to police, and posted the incident and photographs on to social media. With the assistance of the public, the man has been identified as Christopher Rich, 31, of no fixed address.

See previous release.

On Sunday, August 11, 2019, at 2:05 p.m., Christopher Rich, 31, of no fixed address, was arrested by Durham Regional Police Service, in the Glenanna Road and Kingston Road area of Pickering.

He was charged with:

1) Theft under $5,000
2) Fail to Comply with Probation
3) Possession of Property Obtained by Crime - Under

He is scheduled to appeared in court on Monday, August 12, 2019, at College Park Courts, 10 a.m., room 501.

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Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Joel Evans, 51 Division