Stolen ser­vice dog re­united with woman

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

TORONTO — A ser­vice dog named Princess has been re­united with her owner af­ter be­ing taken and miss­ing for al­most 20 hours in Toronto.

Po­lice say the dog was found three kilo­me­tres from where she was last seen around 2 a.m. on Sun­day.

Ash­ley-Vic­to­ria Martineau, 28, left her teacup chi­huahua tied to a rail­ing in front of a McDon­ald’s when she stopped in to the fast­food chain.

Martineau said she thought she would be in and out quickly, and that she’s had trou­ble try­ing to bring her dog into restau­rants in the past.

When she came back out­side af­ter about 10 min­utes, her dog was gone.

Po­lice say res­i­dents found Princess af­ter the dog wan­dered onto their pa­tio and then called an an­i­mal shel­ter, which then re­al­ized it was the miss­ing chi­huahua and ar­ranged with po­lice to have Martineau pick it up.

Princess is a reg­is­tered ser­vice an­i­mal, Martineau said, which she adopted five years ago when she found it on the street in the city’s east end.

“One day I was in tears and she came up to me, cud­dled, sat on my lap, and gave me kisses,” says Martineau, who re­lies on Princess to cope with her post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der and de­pres­sion. “There’s so many ways (she helps) that it’s not easy to ex­plain.”

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