Tessa the goldendoodle back home with family
Canandaigua, N.Y. (WHAM) Tessa, a 3-year-old goldendoodle, is back in her owners' arms - and they could not be happier.
"She is our best friend," Maureen Turkowski told 13WHAM News when reunited with the family dog.
Tessa went missing from a kennel in Webster on Friday and 13WHAM News was there Tuesday when Tessa was reunited with her family after her mysterious disappearance.
The owner of TheraVet Acres said it was the best ending anyone could have hoped for.
"She was our responsibility," Dana Browne told 13WHAM News. "I guess in some sense we let her down. We didn't have enough security here."
Browne believes Tessa was targeted in advance, stolen from his kennel and sold on Craigslist for $400.
He said a family in Canandaigua bought the goldendoodle, but reached out to him after seeing news reports of her disappearance.
"A woman called and said she purchased a goldendoodle late at night Friday, around 10 p.m.," Browne continued. "The woman who purchased this dog said the ad went up Wednesday night. Tessa was taken Friday night. That confirms to me that this person saw the dog here and planned the activity."
"That's the darker side of social media," Turkowski said.
"Someone came, snatched her, made the deal immediately after and made it look like she escaped," Browne said of what he believes happened. "There is no other explanation."
Her owners, Maureen and Ed Turkowski, said they are overwhelmed by the support they got in bringing home Tessa.
"Thanks Rochester, and Rochester's connections, because it's the numbers that win and we get to bring her home," Maureen said. "Every share, every tip, everything lead to Tessa’s recovery."
Deputies will be back at the kennel in Webster Tuesday night to do some more investigating into what exactly happened.