A family left its dog, Button, in the care of a pet sitter over Thanksgiving. But while they were out of town, they got the call every dog owner fears.
Button escaped from the pet sitter's backyard and was missing.
Sarah Lee and her family put up fliers all over their Long Beach, California, neighborhood, hoping someone would find Button and bring him home.
As it turns out, someone in the neighborhood did find Button, but decided not to return him.
An anonymous text message recently sent to Daniel, the person who was watching Button, informs him that Button had been found. The stranger finally chose to send the text because he (or she) knew the family might still be "aching about him."
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.