DALLAS — An expensive and well-loved pug is still missing, stolen from a Dallas park.
The parents of Scooter have had contact with the thief, after a bizarre turn of events.
"It's really sad when we come home and the house is empty - no little wagging tail to greet us," said Rob Velevis.
Christmas Eve, Scooter the pug, left his bed, ran out his doggie doors to the backyard and slipped under the fence.
"He just vanished, but we assumed we'd find him pretty quickly because he loves people and would run up to the first people he sees," he said.
But Velevis and his wife had no such luck.
The day Scooter ended up in the park, that's when the woman approached him and then snatched him away.
Days went by still nothing, no scooter.
Until one day, the mailman showed up from the thief herself along with $20 and a Happy Holidays stamp.
"She expected she could take our little boy away from us for $20," Velevis said.
The woman writes that she has great remorse but after losing everything, she had to do it.
"The letter was so bizarre... She said she was penniless and needed a dog to give to her daughter for Christmas," Velevis added.
The letter goes on to say that her daughter is so happy and that the dog sleeps with her each night.
"My wife immediately broke down in tears," Velevis said.
The thief apologized but also refused to give the dog back.
Scooter's parents say they'll buy the little girl her own pug if he's returned.
"All she could think about was her own family and that's not right," said Velevis.
But they hope the thief will make it right, by putting a name to the letter.
The following is the original letter