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Family dog in Canton stolen

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Thieves break into homes and steal all sorts of valuable things, but one family from Canton is stumped as to why a thief would steal what they treasure most, their family dog.

"We really miss her and really want her back," said Kayla Kerns

The unthinkable happened to one Canton family when they arrived home late Saturday evening.

"Our first kid, I mean she means everything to us. We're not whole without her," said Kerns.

Nick and Kayla's 4-year-old Australian Shepherd/Border Collie was missing, presumed stolen. Miley is 25 pounds with copper/brown markings on her eyebrows, neck and front legs. She stands about 16 inches off of the ground and has a long fluffy black and white tail.

"Soon as I pulled in I mentioned to her, I said someone has been to our house. There were tracks from a different vehicle and they parked right up by our sidewalk. We never park like that," said Nick Nichols.

The family says she is a very friendly dog which is why they quickly knew something was wrong.

"Searched the house a little bit before I said anything and then I flipped on the light out here finally; the table was broke and my dog was gone," said Nichols.

The fresh snow revealed paw prints that ended in the same spot as the unidentified human footprints did, right in front a truck that had been parked outside.

"She goes with us everywhere. I mean when we go to get groceries, when we go to his parents. Anywhere we go she's always with us so it's very strange," said Kerns.

And what's even stranger, why the dog in a room that contained so many other things?

"They took the second worse thing they could have taken besides our son," said Kerns.

The family is offering a $150 reward for information that leads Miley back to them.

The Fillmore County Sheriffs Office is currently investigating and you are asked to call them if you have any information.

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