DENVER -- A Steamboat Springs family is pleading for the safe return of their puppy that was stolen from their car in Denver.
13-week-old Chloe, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, was taken on Saturday while the Paoli family was inside the Downtown Aquarium.
As the Paolis headed back to the parking lot across the street they discovered a back window of their truck had been smashed and the dog was gone.
"My heart sank," said Jennifer Paoli on Wednesday. "My first thought was where's Chloe? And we looked in the back of the truck and we couldn't find her."
She said her daughters, ages 8 and 6, took the dog's disappearance particularly hard.
"The girls were screaming and that's what really just, it just broke my heart," Paoli said.
Police took fingerprints and Paoli has canvassed the area around the Aquarium, posting flyers and hoping someone saw something.
She said she and her husband chose not to leave Chloe in their hotel room on Saturday, never thinking someone would break into their vehicle.
"She's very shy but incredibly sweet," Paoli said of the puppy, who has a white streak that runs from her chin to her belly. "You know I feel like I'm looking for a needle in a haystack but I'm not going to stop until I find her."AlertMe