Police in British Columbia brought some joy back into the lives of a family in Kelowna when they reunited the family with their Golden Retriever named Atlas.
According to Global News, the dog’s owner, Taylor Galt said it was “an emotional outburst of joy for happiness for the family and I’m sure the entire animal loving community, as well.”
On Monday, the Galt family began
receiving text messages from someone claiming to have found Atlas,
but wanted $5000 for the dog’s return.
RCMP told the family to wait in Penticton while they secured the animal.
“The police called us. They said they had Atlas,” Galt said. “They opened up the back door and he came running into my arms crying… It truly was a remarkable moment.”
The family believes the man who was texting them was working with the woman who stole the 18-month-old dog.
“I believe I know exactly who it was. I can’t reveal the name, but I have 100 per cent confidence in who it was,” Galt said.
The investigation is still ongoing. Const. Lesley Smith said in an email that, “Returning Atlas to his Kelowna home was our first priority and no further updates will be provided at this time.”
Galt did not pay the ransom, but told his social media followers that he would give it to others.
“There were three people who were instrumental in recovery of Atlas, who will be getting the reward. Without their help, and the Kelowna Police I’m not sure when we would get Atlas back home,” Galt said.