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Stolen service dog Princess found, returned to owner

NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, Jul 4th, 2017

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A stolen service dog has been found and returned to its owner.

Princess, the six-year-old Teacup Chihuahua, was brought into 14 Division after being found wandering by someone late Sunday afternoon in the King Street and Strachan Avenue area.

“I’m so thankful to the people who found her,” an emotional Ashley-Victoria Martineau told CityNews after picking up Princess from the police station. “I would be heartbroken if something happened to her.

Martineau says police told her charges could eventually be laid against a couple of people in connection with the theft.

Martineau says she went into a McDonald’s in the Bloor Street West and Ossington Avenue area around 2 a.m. Sunday morning to get a coffee after watching the Canada Day fireworks. While inside, Martineau said someone unclipped her dog from its harness and stole her.

“(I) hollered outside. Didn’t hear her. Went inside to check with people. They didn’t really see anything,” she explained. “I called Toronto police. I explained that she was a service animal for my mental health.”

Martineau said she suffers from PTSD and depression and Princess helps her emotionally and physically deal with stress, as well as tremors in her hands.

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