Keep your pets secured, locked up and safe while your making a pit stop.

According to a story circulating on social media, a man apparently tried to steal a dog out of a kennel in the back of a truck on Monday at the Country Grocer parking lot in Lake Cowichan but fled the scene when he realized there were people in the vehicle.

Corporal Rory Goncalves is with the Lake Cowichan RCMP detachment.

The man is described as having an orange beard and hair and was driving a red car with a women passenger.