Golden retriever stolen from back yard in Kelowna

The dog was lured from the backyard in the Pandosy area

Atlas, a one and a half year old golden retriever was lured from his back yard March 8 photo: Facebook

A four-legged resident of Kelowna has gone missing.

Atlas, a one and a half-year-old golden retriever, was lured from his yard and taken into a dark coloured SUV March 8, according to a social media post that has been shared more than 1,000 times on Facebook.

The golden retriever was in a gated back yard in Ian Galt’s yard while his son, and Atlas’ owner, Taylor is out of town for work.

“He is a really special dog,” said Taylor.

“The fact that I am not even there to help and I’m up north, it really puts a dagger into my chest.”

READ MORE: Animal blood shortage in B.C. prompts Victoria woman to make interesting trade

Taylor says that Atlas has a distinctive white stripe of fur down the centre of his chest and he has a completely black nose with the exception of some pink in the very centre. Atlas is very friendly and rarely barks.

Taylor worries that someone took him hoping to sell Atlas online to make a profit.

“I can’t imagine how this is for him, being taken from what he knows and being with a stranger, I feel so bad,” he said.

Ian says that Atlas was playing with his daughter’s dog, Jones, when he heard the heavy gate latch be lifted and the gate dragged across the cement. He then saw a woman running down the road with her hands in her pockets with Atlas running after her.

READ MORE: Dog missing 10 days reunited with family after Lower Mainland crash

“I whistled and I called his name, then I whistled again. He usually responds nine times out of 10 and then he turned, hesitated, turned back and jumped into a vehicle.”

The house is two blocks away from Kelowna General Hospital and Ian last saw Atlas at the corner of Burtch Road and Pandosy Street after he hopped into the SUV that he described as being darkened by dirt.

Ian has been using security footage from a neighbour’s camera to help identify who the woman is.

Taylor says that the outpouring of help from his community has been heartwarming.

“It adds hope to such a sad event, I’m just pretty much at a loss for words. It’s very hard to grasp this,” he said. “I have had him since he was eight weeks old… dogs are more than pets, they are our children, they are part of the family.”

READ MORE: Kelowna dog trainer weighs in on ecollars after SPCA sends out a warning

More than 300 people have commented, offering their condolences and sharing the post on their own Facebook pages to raise awareness and help bring Atlas home.

RCMP have been notified, and are working with the family to find Atlas.

The family is offering $2,000 reward no questions asked. If found please contact Ian Galt at 250-212-3858.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon Vipers’ Trey Taylor wins with Team West at CJHL Top Prospects game

17-year-old defenseman also makes NHL Central Scouting list of top prospects

Vernon watercolour artist returning to spotlight

Patricia Neil Lawton is holding her first art show in 5 years at Nadine’s Fine Art and Frames, Feb. 8

Cows, cars and more: Coldstream secondary students show off capstone projects

Kalamalka Secondary seniors displayed Career Life Connections capstone projects Jan. 15

Low-level meth dealer gets 6 months jail time in Vernon

BC Supreme Court Justice’s sentence concludes case related to June 2017 offence

Vernon perfect getaway for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, mayor says

Family-oriented community also home to Royal interests; film and helicopter industries

‘Like an ATM’: World’s first biometric opioid-dispensing machine launches in B.C.

First-of-its-kind dispensing machine unveiled in the Downtown Eastside with hopes of curbing overdose deaths

B.C. society calls out conservation officer after dropping off bear cub covered in ice

Ice can be seen in video matted into emaciated bear cub’s fur

Horgan cancels event in northern B.C. due to security concerns, says Fraser Lake mayor

The premier will still be visiting the city, but the location and day will not be made public

B.C. landlord sentenced to two years in jail for torching his own rental property

Wei Li was convicted of intentionally lighting his rental property on fire in October 2017

B.C. town spends $14.14 per resident for snow removal in one month

Costs of snow removal to the Town of Princeton skyrocketed in December.… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Eastern Newfoundland reeling, search underway for missing man after blizzard

More than 70 centimetres of new snow fell overnight, creating whiteout conditions

Prince Harry, Meghan to give up ‘royal highness’ titles

‘Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,’ says Queen Elizabeth II

Photo reminds Salmon Arm resident of connection to former drama teacher Justin Trudeau

Prime minister remembered as being as a funny, larger-than-life person

Province says it is monitoring AIM’s road maintenance

The provincial transportation ministry is working closely with new road contractor AIM,… Continue reading

Most Read