Puppy gets new leash on life; Traffic stop leads officers to stolen dog

Edmonton, Alberta – It’s not every day that officers of the Edmonton Police Service get to use their dogged determination to recover stolen puppies.

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At approximately 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, a female was heading to the grocery store with her dog Bella, in the area of 115 Street and Kingsway Avenue. She decided to attach Bella’s leash to a picnic table outside of the store, while she quickly grabbed a few groceries.

Upon her return, her 6-month-old Stafford Bull Terrier puppy was nowhere to be found. A fraction of Bella’s leash was still attached to the table, but it was obvious to the woman that someone had cut the leash and taken Bella.

The incident was reported to police two days later on Friday, March, 17, 2017 and Northwest Division officers initiated an investigation.

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On Monday, March 20, 2017, the EPS Canine Unit conducted a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle in the area of 118 Avenue and 82 Street. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the male driver of the stolen vehicle was also a suspect in the disappearance of Bella. The driver was arrested and charged in relation to the stolen vehicle.

A few days later, Bella was recovered from the suspect’s residence and additional charges were laid.

“Having a pet stolen from you is like losing a part of the family,” says Const. Adam Henry with Northwest Division. “As a dog owner myself, I am glad that we were able to locate and return Bella back to her rightful owner.”

David Murtagh, 34, is charged with disqualified driving (x2), possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of stolen property under $5,000 and theft under $5,000.

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