Since then, Lee created a Facebook post about Button's disappearance that has been shared more than 11,000 times, including on the Lakewood and Long Beach Lost and Found Pets page.
The thieves even sent a photo of Button in what is presumably his new home.
The dog thief had apparently seen how much his daughter loved the dog, so he told her they could keep him. The family even changed Button's name.
"To add insult to injury, he included the fact that Button now has a new name," Lee wrote on Facebook. "Furthermore, this text message was sent anonymously so the sender cannot be traced."
The thief apologized for not returning the dog, but assured them that he would be "loved and cared for."
The Dodo reached out to the Long Beach Police Department, but it was unclear if a complaint had yet been filed. Lee had written in a Facebook post that she planned to file a complaint this week.
At least a couple of commenters have suggested that the text could be a hoax, and that the accompanying image of Button is Photoshopped.