PORTLAND On Saturday night, a Portland area family was all set to adopt their new puppy. They had an adorable Pomeranian and Chihuahua mix picked out and ready to take home from the Oregon Humane Society.

The family had finished filling out the paper work and had even paid the fee. But when a worker went to fetch the puppy from the kennel area, it was gone, said David Lytle with the Oregon Humane Society.

The family is heartbroken.

Lytle said someone sneaked in through a back door and nabbed the dog while staff was in the other room working out the details for the adoption.

The Oregon Humane Society posted the story on its Facebook page and comments have been pouring in.

OHS Facebook fan page

One commenter writes, What is with people stealing during a season that's supposed to be for giving! Ugh! Makes me furious!

Poor baby, I hope they find him and get him to his proper forever home! writes another commenter.

Officials are reviewing security video and have refunded the family's money.

Lytle says that a $500 reward is set to be offered for the arrest of the thief. Anyone with information about the dog was asked to call police.

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