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dateline: 25 December 2019

NB! From January 2020 Listen to News will change to Listen & Learn.

Massachusetts Police Catch Dog Stealing from Toy Drive

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • culprit: someone who committed a particular crime
  • therapy dog: a dog trained to comfort and support people
  • recover: to take back something that was lost or stolen
  • precaution: an action taken to prevent something bad from happening

Massachusetts Police Catch Dog Stealing from Toy Drive

The police department in Franklin, Massachusetts has found the culprit involved in the disappearances of toys from their Christmas toy drive. The “robber” was the department’s own therapy dog, Ben. The dog was on camera walking down a hallway with a doll in his mouth. Ben’s stash of toys was found under a desk in the . The toys had all been chewed and were unable to be recovered, but officers to replace them. Ben has since been banned from the toy room, and the officers have taken precautions to prevent this from again.

Comprehension Questions

1. The culprit involved in the toy theft was

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The culprit involved in the toy theft was the therapy dog.

2. The dog was caught on camera carrying

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The dog was caught on camera carrying a doll.

3. The toys had to be replaced because

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The toys had to be replaced because the dog had chewed them.

Discussion Question

There is a lot of controversy surrounding working animals. Do you think it is necessary for the police department to have a therapy dog? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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