Social media played a big part in reuniting a dog with its Vancouver owners after the pooch was taken as the owners ate at a Victoria restaurant during a visit to the city on Sunday.

Luke, a pit bull-lab cross, had been tied up outside the restaurant when he disappeared.

The business checked its security footage, revealing a young man making off with the animal.

Police and a Victoria-based group that unites pets with their lost owners were contacted and posts by the group were shared online, quickly identifying a suspect.

Victoria police had recovered Luke from an apartment suite by midnight Sunday and returned him to his owners.

Officers confirm a resident was taken into custody and faces several charges, including theft.