Man arrested after dog 'forcefully' taken from woman walking on Whitby, Ont., street

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WHITBY, Ont. — Police in Durham Region say a man has been arrested and charged after a dog was stolen from a woman on a Whitby, Ont., street.

They say a woman was walking two dogs last Wednesday when she was allegedly approached by two people who "forcefully" took one of the canines.

Police say a female bystander tried to help the woman but was allegedly sprayed in the face with an unknown substance.

Durham police say the suspects fled the scene in a white SUV with one of the dogs.

Police say they have charged a man from Pickering, Ont., with robbery, assault with a weapon and administering a noxious thing.

They say they are still looking for the second suspect and have yet to locate the dog, a four-year-old brown and white mixed bulldog named Nina.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 4, 2021.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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