Kelowna cop gets to bottom of the case of the purloined pug

By "looking beyond the traffic stop", Const. Smith was able to return a beloved pet to an overjoyed owner.

  • Nov. 20, 2014 12:00 p.m.

A missing 13-year-old female pug was returned to its very grateful owner earlier this month after the dog was seen in a vehicle during a traffic stop and the officer became suspicious of its origins.

On October 22, 2014, at 11:30 pm, Const Brad Smith of the Kelowna Integrated Road Safety Unit was patrolling on Guisichan Road when he stopped a Chevy pickup truck.

“While speaking with the occupants he noticed a beautiful pug sitting in the back seat. The conversation turned toward the dog and  Smith found out that the pug had been “found” wandering around the Pandosy area,” said Const. Kris Clark.

“Suspicious that the dog might be lost or stolen, Const. Smith dug a little deeper. Over the next few weeks, he was able to determine that a 13-year-old female pug named “Anastasia” had been reported missing from the Pandosy area in mid-October. In photos, Anastasia looked strikingly similar to the pug he had seen during the traffic stop.”

Const. Smith tracked down the driver from that night and confirmed the dog to be the one reported missing.

By “looking beyond the traffic stop”, Const. Smith was able to return a beloved pet to an overjoyed owner.



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