Two men facing charges in a bizarre dognapping plot made brief separate court appearances yesterday afternoon as police urged two other individuals believed to be involved to turn themselves in.

Richard Cassibo, 54, of Toronto was granted bail yesterday as his daughter and elderly father looked on and appeared visibly flustered. A heavyset man, Cassibo appeared tired as he heard the charges against him and his co-accused, Andrew Footit, 31, whose bail hearing was put over to today.


Both men are facing charges of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, corruptly taking a reward for the recovery of goods, and possession of property obtained by crime and fraud. Cassibo also faces a charge of public mischief.


  • The judge ordered a publication ban on the proceedings, citing an ongoing criminal investigation.