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Suspected dog napper arrested, says victim in theft case gone viral

By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Apr 13, 2014 - 11:51 PM |

Police have not yet confirmed charges or arrest

A woman accused of breaking into a Riverside Drive home April 9 and stealing a German shepherd dog is facing multiple charges.

NorthernLife.ca was not immediately able to confirm the charges with Greater Sudbury Police.


However, the dog's owner, Neil Haskett, said the police told him this evening the suspect has been charged with break and enter, theft, possession of stolen property and mischief.

She is due to be released with the conditions she stay away from the Haskett family and their place of residence.

Haskett said Const. Mathieu Guertin of the Greater Sudbury Police visited the family's home at around 8:30 p.m., before the arrest, and then later spoke to him on the phone to provide an update.

"Losing a family member isn't easy and the past few days have been hard on all of us, especially Partner who doesn't want to leave our side now," Haskett said in a Facebook message. "We're also so happy with all the people that supported us and we're all ... relieved."

The break and enter, as well as the dog's rescue by his owners on April 10, was caught on a dramatic video posted on NorthernLife.ca this afternoon.

The identity of the woman has not been released, but on social media several users say they believe her to be a woman named Heather Zeffer. Many readers of NorthernLife.ca pointed to the subject of one of this newspaper`s own stories as the basis for this assertion.

In a December 2010 NorthernLife.ca video, a woman, Heather Zeffer, complained her dog had died after eating rat poison at a park on York Street. She appears to be the same woman as the suspect in the dog-napping incident.

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Heidi Ulrichsen

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