Woman warns of possible dognapper in Shawnigan Lake

WatchA Cobble Hill woman is warning the community of Shawnigan Lake to keep their dogs close after she says hers was almost taken. She posted her experience on social media and the reaction -- makes her think -- she isn't alone.

Stacy Weatherall is keeping her pups close, especially her six-year-old white boxer named Wynter who she says was almost taken this past weekend.

“Definitely thankful she is here because I don’t know what I would do,” said Weatherall.

Weatherall let her dogs out for some fresh air Saturday morning but stayed inside for a moment and that is when she says a woman almost stole her dog.

“She had said she had hit Wynter with her car and she had an orange leash in her hand and was going to grab Wynter and leash the dog.

Stacey didn’t witness it herself. It was her dad who arrived from Courtenay and drove in at the right moment.

“And asked what she was doing and she said I’m going to take this dog and he’s like ‘well no, it’s my daughter’s dog,'” said Weatherall.

They say the woman then got into her white SUV and drove off.  Later, Stacey posted what happened on social media and was immediately shocked by the response. The post was shared over 2,000 times and had hundreds of comments.

Among the comments was one woman who says her dog almost got taken aswell.

“She actually had a woman and her daughter in an exact same vehicle description a white newer SUV but they caught her doing it so they let the dog back out,” said Weatherall.

Others on the post pointed out the description matches a mother-daughter duo from Alberta who have been convicted of charges related to hoarding dogs there and in B.C. as well.

Stacey says she doesn’t know if it is the pair but she does know one thing.

“There is somebody here and they are trying to take people dogs 100 per cent,” said Weatherall.

“I want to warn people, they need to know this is not a joke. This isn’t fake, this is serious it happened and it could happen to anybody.”

Shawnigan Lake RCMP confirms they received reports of both incidents in the Shawnigan Lake area and are investigating.


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