Puppy Stolen From Boy’s Arms Returned After Rescuer Sees Dog For Sale On Facebook

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A puppy was stolen from a child’s arms in his family’s own front yard last week in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

The boy’s mother, Tiffany Townsend tells Fox 17 that her children were playing on their front lawn with their puppy Nyla, a Pekingese poodle mix, when a woman pulled up to their home and grabbed the puppy. 


Nyla was an emotional support animal for her son, and also a loving pet for her other four children. 

To say her kids were devastated by the ordeal would be an understatement and Townsend shared her story on Facebook saying, “Someone stole my puppy out of my yard while my children were playing with her. Please help me find her! Her name is Nyla. My 5 kids are devastated. Please share.” 


The founder of Lost Paws, LLC, Lyndsey Sturgeon and her marketing partner Bianca LaFountain saw Townsend’s post and got involved.

LaFountain saw another woman’s post on a Facebook garage sale site trying to sell the puppy and took action arranging a $100 sale the next day to purchase the puppy. 


Luckily, the “bad thief” agreed and Sturgeon and LaFoundation were able to get Nyla back to her family. “Being able to get that dog back to them, it was just amazing,” said Sturgeon. “That little boy was very happy to have his dog back. His mom said he hadn’t slept, he was crying he blamed himself, he was just having a really, really hard time,” she added. 

Although Sturgeon thought they had little chance in finding Nyla once she was stolen, that never stopped them.  “My takeaway was that doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen. Even though it’s a long shot, you need to pursue it, you need to look on every single possible garage sale site, Craigslist, any kind of a sale site like that,” said Sturgeon. 

She also recommends to microchip your pet, in order to prove your ownership. 

Watch the video below and please SHARE this incredible rescue with your friends and family on Facebook!


To see an adorable Facebook post of a dog looking to find its siblings, please click here.

[Featured Image Credit: Facebook- Tiffany Townsend]