Family dog Pippy was tied outside a supermarket in Perth, Australia, as her owners were shopping inside.
Suddenly, a man untied the knot and ran away with the beloved pet with some help from a female accomplice.
Thankfully though, police were able to track down the two-and-a-half-year-old lagotto dog who was hidden in a home in Medina.
The suspects were arrested and Pippy was reunited with her family.
In a touching video, Pippy was seen running to her owners, the Vines, who burst into tears as they embraced her, a week after she had disappeared.
Pippy has been more than just a pet for the Vines family.
As three of the children suffer from allergies, it’s been difficult to get a dog that doesn’t make them ill, but the family saved for two years to raise $2,500 for a hypoallergenic breed.
This breed means it’s relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. So when she was missing for a week, the family were distraught.
The family scratched Pippy’s belly as Alex Vines kneeled to the floor and wept while hugging Pippy.
She said: ‘Hi bubba. I can’t believe you’re home.’
A man and woman are said to now be assisting police with the investigation.
CCTV footage from the day Pippy was stolen showed a man and woman watching the door of the store before the man untied Pippy’s leash and ran down the road with her.
The woman was filmed heading back to the car.
It is the latest in a string of dog abductions in Perth and Western Australia.
Police have asked dog owners to be cautious with their pets when out and about.