Lars, a seven-year-old bull dog, was stolen from around a hotel in Vernon on Dec. 23, 2019. (Facebook)

Bull dog stolen from Okanagan homeless man still missing

Reward for return of Lars upped to $700; possible sightings in Kelowna

Vernon residents are working together to help reunite two well-known members of their community: Eric and his bull dog, Lars.

Lars has not yet been found after he was stolen from the Econo Lodge area on 32nd Street on Dec. 23.

Kourtnei Miller took to the Vernon Rant and Rave Facebook page on Tuesday to ask the public for help finding the seven-year-old bull dog. Miller later updated the post to say there was a possible sighting of Lars at Kelowna’s Gospel Mission.

Miller is a friend of the dog’s owner, Eric, who she says can often be seen pulling Lars around in a wagon.

“He’s pretty well known around Vernon,” she said of Eric. “He’s built a lot of relationships with people and businesses.”

Miller spoke to Eric over the phone last night, bearing the unfortunate news that Lars had not yet been returned.

“He’s absolutely crushed,” she said. “Lars is his whole life.”

The reward for bull dog’s return was originally set to $500, but others have since chipped in to raise the reward to $700.

“We’re hoping that will entice people,” said Miller.

In her original post, Miller imparted that while Eric is homeless, he has ample support and inclination to take good care of Lars.

“Whoever took Lars may think they are doing him a favour because they are going through a rough patch and out on the streets,” Miller wrote in her original post. “But this is not the case. Lars is very well taken care of.”

READ MORE: Bull dog stolen from homeless man in Vernon

So far Miller says she’s received far more moralizing comments than tips regarding Lars’s whereabouts.

“I’ve had a lot of people make comments about how homeless people shouldn’t have dogs. But I think people need to understand that Lars was very well taken care of. Eric does everything he can for Lars.”

Miller did receive one anonymous tip from a woman who claimed she spotted Lars outside the Gospel Mission in Kelowna with some men who appeared to be homeless. Judging by the description of Lars that was given, Miller said she thinks the spotting was real.

“It really did sound like it was Lars.”

Miller has fielded calls from other people claiming to have seen Lars, but who then ask for money without providing confirmation of Lars’s whereabouts. She said she has no choice but to treat these calls as scam attempts, or else risk losing the reward money that’s been put forward to reunite Lars with his owner.

“We can’t give a reward if we don’t get the dog,” she said.

Miller said she meets with Eric and Lars twice daily to ensure the dog is getting his medication — he has an injured leg and requires the medication. She also takes Lars to her home for a bath every so often and lets him sleep with her dogs on colder nights.

“If you have Lars, please bring him home. No questions asked, we just want to get him back where he belongs.”

Anyone with information about Lars is asked to contact Kourtnei Miller at 250-938-7651.

READ MORE: Dinner, backpacks served to needy in Vernon


Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

theft

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen seeks input about proposed composting facility

Organics composting facility proposed for Campbell Mountain Landfill

Netflix star Francesca Farago seen hanging in the Okanagan

Farago got her big break as a reality TV star in Netflix’s ‘Too Hot to Handle’ in 2020

Morning Start: Canada Has a Completely Indoor Town

Your morning start for Tuesday Sept. 29, 2020

Nine new COVID-19 cases announced in Interior Health region

The total number of cases since the pandemic started is now at 531 for the region

Mystery solved on who put up Mount Kobau blockade

Land owner says trespassing with quads and motorcycles threatens wildlife and old growth trees

105 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death as health officials urge B.C. to remember safety protocols

There are currently 1268 active cases, with 3,337 people under public health monitoring

Peachland resident finds severed bear paw on driveway

Tracie Gordon thought it was a Halloween prank, but it turned out to be a real bear paw

B.C. nurses report rise in depression, anxiety, exhaustion due to pandemic

A new UBC study looks into how the COVID-19 response has impacted frontline nurses

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

National child-care plan could help Canada rebound from COVID-induced economic crisis: prof

A $2 billion investment this year could help parents during second wave of pandemic

Search suspended for Indigenous elder last seen mushroom picking in northwest B.C.

Mushroom picker Thomas (Tommy) Dennis has been missing since Sept. 16

16 MLAs retiring from B.C. politics add up to $20M in pensions: Taxpayers Federation

Taxpayers pay $4 for every dollar MLAs contribute to their pensions

‘Bonnie’ and ‘Henry’ among latest litter of service dog puppies

B.C. Alberta Guide Dogs names two pups after provincial health officer

Zero new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health

Five cases remain linked to an outbreak at Calvary Chapel in Kelowna

Most Read