On Oct. 1, Michael Mabanag, an IT specialist in South San Jose, Calif., arrived at home to find his garage open, his rear sliding-glass door shattered and his cabinets pried apart. It was the second time burglars had targeted his family’s home in less than two years, but this time, in addition to electronics and valuables, the thieves took something harder to replace: a puppy.

Meeko, the Mabanags’ 6-month-old Yorkie–Shih Tzu mix, was missing, the San Jose Mercury News reported. “The first thing, I was calling for the dog,” Mabanag told the paper. “It was one of the worst days of my life. How do you break that to your daughter?”

City councilman Ash Kalra and the city’s firefighter and police unions have helped raise a $6,000 reward for the dog, the Mercury News reported. And Mabanag’s 10-year-old daughter Marissa has donated the money in her piggy bank to find Meeko…

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