NEW ORLEANS -- It's bad enough having your home broken into and belongings stolen. Imagine if the thieves snatched your dog, too.
A Lower 9th Ward woman says that is what happened to her -- and now she's on a mission to track down her dog, Tinsel.
"I drive around three times a day in the morning, lunch time, in the evening. I drive around calling her name," said Maisha Nash.
Nash hasn't seen her 2-year-old Yorkshire terrier since Nov. 20. That's the day she came home from work only to discover she'd been burglarized.
"I proceeded to push the door slightly open. As I did, I noticed the room had been ransacked," said Nash.
Being the victim of a home invasion is always traumatic. But the hardest part for Nash is not knowing Tinsel's whereabouts.
She has a theory.
"Yorkies are a big item. They're expensive dogs. Tinsel is a beautiful Yorkie. She's a pure bred -- that's the lastest and greatest thing," said Nash, who has passed out and posted more than 300 missing Yorkie signs in her neighborhood.
"It's heart breaking that this pet that is part of your family is stolen and taken away. You hope for the best for that pet, but none of us want to see that happen," said Ana Zorrilla with the Louisiana SPCA.
The organization said pet theft happens year-round. In fact, WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge reports that the Livingston Parish SPCA is seeing a spike in purebred dog theft this holiday season.
The SPCA says you can be proactive.
"Making sure that you alert the animal shelters in multiple parishes that you're missing your pet. Before your pet gets out or gets away make sure that your pet is microchipped and that information is updated," added Zorrilla.
"She sleeps with me every night and cuddles with me, sometimes she pushes me out of the bed. She's a diva dog," Nash said.
As the hunt for Tinsel continues Nash hopes someone, somewhere, knows something.
"I spent Thanksgiving without her and I'm hoping I don't spend Christmas without her," said Nash.
The dog owner is offering a reward for the safe return of Tinsel, who is microchipped. Nash said there will be no questions asked.
Meanwhile, the NOPD is investigating the burglary.
If you know where Tinsel is, call 1-888-466-3242.