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Toronto Humane Society’s van stolen; shelter seek’s public’s help

Police tape is pictured in this photo illustration.
Police tape is pictured in this photo illustration. Photo by file photo /Postmedia Network

A Toronto Humane Society rescue van was stolen on Monday night — on the eve of Giving Tuesday.

The society says is it’s “sad, confused, and above all — heartbroken,” after two people broke into their building at the Queen and River Sts. area and stole their rescue van and “other valuable items essential to our life-saving capacity.”

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“This van was more than just a van,” said the society in a news release. “It was a rescue tool, a mobile lifeline that has carried hundreds of animals to safety, to security, and to the start of something new. It was recently there at Toronto’s airport, waiting for a tiny puppy with a broken leg and a senior dog with medical complications.”

In the meantime, the society says it “must replace the van as soon as possible to address our immediate needs,” and asks anyone to make a donation via

The animal shelter stresses “no staff or animals were harmed, and measures have been put in place to protect staff and animal safety for the immediate future.”