Owner pays big reward to get best friend back
Tara Walton/torstar news service
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The handover took place at midnight. Bert Clark waited on a dark city street, and then a cab pulled up. Two people emerged with a chocolate brown Labrador retriever.
Clark knew right away it was Huckleberry. The two went home reunited.
Clark, a 36-year-old Toronto banker, set the tale in motion late Saturday when he and friends began distributing some 400 posters offering a $15,000 reward for Huckleberry, stolen that morning from in front of a bakery near Yonge and Roxborough streets.
Huckleberry was "found" less than a kilometre away by a passerby taking a walk in the Davenport-Avenue roads area on Saturday, brought home to a friend’s house, and turned over to Clark Sunday night in exchange for the reward — $10,000 to the finder, $5,000 to a local animal shelter.
Police are continuing their investigation. "Hopefully, we can determine who actually stole the pet," said Toronto police Det. Rob Ermacora.
Torstar News Service