The Foothills is seeing an increase in dognappings in recent months.

Two Karelian Bear Dogs were allegedly stolen off of a property southwest of Turner Valley last week.

"It's fairly easy to steal a dog, especially rurally. A lot of rural dogs are left out during the day or they're penned and all it takes is somebody to be aware of someone's schedule and just go by and pick it up." says Kim Hessel, owner and president of Heaven Can Wait in High River.  

Michael Lacey, a Turner Valley resident whose Karelian Bear Dogs have been missing since May 6th, has used options available in the Foothills such as drone searches, horseback and searching on foot to try to find his dogs.

Lacey posted about his fur-family members on Facebook and has received an outpouring of support with over 10,000 shares on the post, spanning multiple provinces. 

RCMP told Lacey to encourage residents who have been victims of dognapping to file police reports as soon as possible. 

There was also a High River resident who interrupted an attempted dognapping in the southwest part of town last month.

 

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