Anonymous phone call: I found your dog Riri and gave her away!

Posted at 5:12 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 11:05:26-04

A Peoria family is desperate to get their beloved Pocket Pit Bull Riri back, but an anonymous phone call has them worried she might be with a new family.

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Riri deepened last week, according to her owner, when a caller spotted a missing dog flyer and reported she had found Riri.

"Oh she means everything," said Yazmeen Quintero, Riri's owner.

"The girls, my two daughters here they have been crushed, they keep asking for her, and she was an amazing dog," added Quintero.

Little did Quintero and her family know, there was a big catch.

Riri was in her backyard near 83rd Avenue and Peoria on July 3. Quintero says Riri was spooked off by fireworks set off that night, and clawed her way out of the back yard, through the wooden gate.

Quintero went online and posted pictures in Facebook groups, dedicated to missing pets.

She made flyers and posted them all over the neighborhood. 

On July 6, she got a phone call from an anonymous woman.

The mystery woman explained she found Riri running a parking lot near 75th Avenue and Cactus.

She claimed she brought the pit bull to the Halo Animal Shelter on 27th Avenue near Durango.

"She said she had given it away to these random strangers that she met in the parking lot of the Halo Animal Rescue" said Quintero.

Quintero says she asked the woman for any kind of information about the couple but said she didn't take anything down.

"When she told me that I kind of felt some comfort knowing that she's not wondering the streets, she's not dead somewhere. But at the same time I don't know these people, they may be good people they may not be," added Quintero.

There are cameras at the shelter, and workers are reviewing the video to try and track down the couple. If you know where Riri is, call Halo Animal Shelter.