SAN DIEGO -- An Orange County family is offering a $5,000 cash reward for the safe return of their 7-year-old daughter's therapy dog.
The dog went missing during a trip to Belmont Park earlier in March.
"We were trying to get [roller coaster] tickets and then they stole the dog after we were getting tickets," said Kaaya, the dog's owner.
Peanut, a three-pound Chihuahua-Poodle mix, was taken in a red carrier bag from near the feet of their owners.
"She was like my best friend. She slept with me at night and she followed me around the house," said Kaaya. "It’s hard to go to sleep without feeling her next to me.”
Kaaya, a competitive gymnast, broke her arm and following her surgery her therapist recommended a small dog to help her through recovery.
"She had a devastating accident, crushed her arm and she couldn’t do anything except hold that dog for hours and hours on end," said Catharine, Kaaya's mother.
Anyone who has information should call or text 949-230-3990. No questions will be asked. For more information, visit this Facebook page.