A heartless thief stole six dogs out of a parked vehicle Tuesday while it was parked at the off leash dog park in Brookswood.
The Langley RCMP say a dog walker had taken the half dozen dogs to the off leash dog park near the 4400 block of 206th Street.
The dog walker, and the dogs, are apparently from the Delta area.
After the dogs had been given some exercise in the park, the dog walker put her charges into the back of her pickup truck, which had a canopy, and went to use the washroom.
She returned about 10 minutes later, to find the canopy unlatched and all six dogs missing.
She searched the area for hours but wasnâ€™t able to find any of the dogs, said Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.
The owners of the dogs believe they were stolen, rather than simply escaping, said Marks.
While it is a very unusual incident, the animal control officers at the Langley Animal Protection Society are coming to the same conclusion.
Six large dogs loose at the same time in a suburban part of the Township should have attracted attention, said Sean Baker, director of LAPS. Yet there were not complaints around that area at the time of the theft of one loose dog, much less six.
â€œI canâ€™t imagine why someone would want to take six dogs at once out of the back of a truck,â€ Baker said.
LAPS staffers are getting pictures and descriptions of the dogs and will be on the lookout if any of them did get loose.
â€œWeâ€™re keeping our eyes open,â€ he said.
In the 11 years LAPS has been operating in Langley, Baker canâ€™t remember any incidents like this ever happening.
If any of the dogs turn up at LAPS, or the offices of other animal shelters or veterinarians offices, some of them will be very identifiable, said Baker. At least a couple have implanted microchips.
Baker feels for the dogs owners.
â€œI canâ€™t imagine how those folks are feeling who own those animals,â€ he said.
The dogs are:
â€¢ Mia â€“ a black and white pit bull
â€¢ Teemo â€“ a grey bouvier poodle cross
â€¢ Buddy â€“ a black and white Boston terrier
â€¢ Oscar â€“ A black and brown rottweiler/husky cross
â€¢ Salty â€“ A border collie
â€¢ Molly â€“ A grey and black blue heeler/shepherd cross
Anyone who has any information that could help police locate any of the missing dogs should call the Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200. To remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).