The case of the missing dog-biscuit cart has been solved.
The cart was operating in Bright Angel Park selling home-made dog treats to people walking their dogs for five days just before Christmas when it went missing.
The cart was owned and operated by Sheri Williams and her two young daughters, Bryann, 11, and Braith, 13, who intended to give a portion of their proceeds to the SPCA.
The small business that was operating from the family’s back gate just inside the park was becoming quite popular, but when Williams went out to retrieve the cart and the biscuits and bring it all inside just after dark on the afternoon of Dec. 18, it was not there.
“It turns out that there was a complaint made to the Cowichan Valley Regional District about the cart and someone from the CVRD had come and taken it,” Williams said.
“I had phoned the CVRD and the park’s caretaker after the cart went missing to see if they knew what happened to it, but nobody seemed to know at the time, so we assumed the cart was stolen.”
Williams said the seized cart and the biscuits have been returned, and the official who seized it said he felt horrible for taking it.
“He suggested we apply to the CVRD for a permit to operate the cart in the park, and we’re considering doing that,” she said.
“We received such overwhelming support from the community after the cart went missing and we feel bad that we were mistaken as to what happened to it.”
Williams said a group of dog walkers from the park got together, put together a tin of cookie treats for Bryann and Braith and gave the girls $100 towards the cost of a new cart.
“Others have offered us money as well,” she said.
“We want to locate the group of dog walkers so we can give them their money back, and if we can’t find them, we’ll donate the money to the SPCA.”