A South Austin couple is heartbroken after someone stole their 12-week-old puppy out of their home.
AUSTIN, Texas - Kelly Vaccaro and Brett Detlefsen have put up hundreds of fliers in hopes that someone will recognize their dog.
"He's just so cuddly and wild and even more cuddly," said Vaccaro about her Golden Retriever puppy Finnley.
Vaccaro said she and Detlefsen brought Finnley home on February 1.
"We picked him up and brought him home and it's kind of been a fun ride since then," said Vaccaro.
For the next six weeks they spent all their free time playing with their new best friend, but on March 17 their world was flipped upside down.
"It's the scariest thing in the world," said Vaccaro who came home from work at 12:30 pm Tuesday to let the dog out and found Finnley's crate empty.
"The first thing I thought was, 'Oh God, how did he get out?' Because like I said he's outsmarted us a few times, so I immediately ran upstairs and that's when I saw everything kind of torn apart," said Vaccaro.
"I don't know what kind of person would take a puppy," she added.
Several of Vaccaro and Detlefsen's belongings were also missing.
"They also stole an iPad, a Kindle, a laptop and some personal items like passports and stuff," said Vaccaro.
All the doors were locked when Vaccaro got home and the only way someone could have gotten in or out is through an unlocked window.
"It's just like every morning we can't believe that this has happened," Vaccaro said.
"When that's taken away from you in such a horrible way, it's just like something is broken inside, you know, something is just missing," said Vaccaro.
The couple has posted fliers at every park, veterinarian's office and post office in the neighborhood. Once Finnley's story got out, people everywhere started offering to help track him down.
"We see this just huge outpouring of just support and love from all these strangers it's just amazing," said Vaccaro.
For now the crate at Vaccaro and Detlefsen's home remains in the living room, a sign of their faith that they will get their puppy back and their family will be complete once again.
"I just want him back. Yes, there's justice and yes, there's righting the wrong, but we don't even care about that. We just want him," said Vaccaro.
So many people said they will donate money to help find Finnley that the reward for his return has climbed to $2,500.