Service Dog Stolen In Toronto Over Holiday Weekend

Don’t worry, she’s shaken, but found.

By Justyne Yuen-Lee
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Canada was pretty excited for its 150th anniversary. In Toronto, we brought a giant duck to our Harbourfront. Even though a lot of people complained about the price tag, a whole lot of people went to see it. We even had parties at Nathan Philips Square every day for four days with fireworks! But during the excitement of these festivities, a poor service dog was stolen outside of a McDonalds restaurant at Bloor and Ossington in the downtown core.

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When we think of service dogs, we usually think big and fluffy Labradors or Goldens. But, for some people, they prefer other doggies like Chihuahuas, Bulldogs, or many other breeds. When Ashley-Victoria Martineau found Princess, a teacup Chihuahua, five years ago, they became service dog and human forever.

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At 2 AM on Sunday, July 2, Martineau tied Princess to a bike railing while she went into McDonalds. According to Martineau, she usually had trouble bringing Princess into restaurants and she was only going to be in the McDonalds for a few minutes. Even with paper work, people with service animals still sadly have to deal with uncomfortable questioning.

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Martineau reported Princess missing when she couldn’t find her outside. After 20 hours, Toronto police found her around the King and Strachan area after they received a tip. Princess was shivering, but overall was fine.

Ashley and Princess were reunited. Now, Toronto Police are looking for two suspects on bikes who were recorded on the McDonald’s surveillance camera. If you have any information, please contact Crime Stoppers.