Stolen South Austin puppy reunited with owners

 A puppy in Austin found his way back home after a stressful week. Finnley, the Golden Retriever, may only be 12 weeks old, but he's already lived through quite an adventure.

"We got our miracle," said Kelly Vaccaro, Finnley's owner.  

"I think he's been a little disoriented, just trying to sniff around and just get back to normal. I mean that's all we want. We want to just get back to normal," Vaccaro added.

The pup's owners said he was stolen out of his crate during a break-in Tuesday. For four days they worked endlessly to get the word out about their missing puppy.

"The moments that we were alone and we just had a chance to sit and think about what had all happened, that's when it's the hardest," said Vaccaro.
    
Saturday, Vaccaro got the response she was hoping for.
    
"We got a call from a girl and she said, 'We think we have your dog,'" said Vaccaro.

The 14-year-old girl who found Finnley told Vaccaro she saw him wandering around outside without a collar only a few blocks away from his home.

"Luckily a nice family took him in and took care of him," Vaccaro said.  

After the family took Finnley in, they saw the news and the fliers and reunited the puppy with his family.

"He came running out and he went straight into my arms and started licking my face," said Vaccaro.

Vaccaro believes Finnley made it home thanks to all the support she got in person and online.

"We are two of pretty much the most blessed people in the world that this happened to us. Our puppy pretty much went viral and he made it back to us and we are the luckiest and most blessed people in the world because this doesn't happen to anybody," said Vaccaro.  

As for the $2,500 reward, it will go to the family who found Finnley.

"They kept our dog safe for three days. They didn't have to do that. Who knows the situation, but they kept him safe and they fed him. I think they totally deserve it," said Vaccaro.
    
Vaccaro said she won't be leaving Finnley alone any time soon.

"For everybody at work; he's going to be there tomorrow," said Vaccaro.

Information about where the dog was found has been turned over to Austin police.

Vaccaro said the puppy will be microchipped.



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