'Very real love': Woman hires plane and offers up $10,000 to find stolen dog

A San Francisco woman is offering a $10,000 reward and has hired a plane to fly over the city to search for her blue-eyed miniature Australian Shepherd stolen from outside a grocery store.

The plane, which cost an additional $1700 will flying a banner with the website she set up to find her dog, Jackson, who was stolen on Saturday (local time) outside a grocery store in the Bernal Heights neighbourhood.

Emilie Talermo said on Thursday she had been doing everything she could to find her 5-year-old dog.

“I am just one person and I really need help getting the word out there,” Ms Talermo said.

Jackson – who has black, grey and white fur, and blue eyes – was stolen from outside a San Francisco grocery store.
Jackson was stolen from outside a grocery store and his owner is now offering a $10,000 reward. Source: Go Fund Me.

Surveillance video from the grocery store shows a man in a hoodie approaching the bench where Jackson was tied up.

Talermo and her friends have distributed thousands of flyers with the photo of the 13-kilogram dog with a white, black and grey fur, and bright blue eyes.

She set up a website, www.bringjacksonhome.com, where she's offering a $10,000 (US$7000) reward, "no questions asked", and even opened an account for the sweet-faced dog on Tinder.

“He's always with me. It's a very real love," Ms Talermo said, her voice breaking.

“I just need help finding him.”

She hired an airplane to fly a banner that will have the search website address on it and will circle over San Francisco and Oakland for two hours on Friday.

The plane was set to fly on Thursday, but had to be rescheduled because of weather.

Emilie Talermo is pictured left and right with her dog, Jackson, who is an Australian Shepherd dog.
Emilie Talermo said the ordeal has caused 'so much pain and heartbreak'. Source: www.bringjacksonhome.com

To help finance her search, Ms Talermo launched a GoFundMe, where she has raised, at the time of publication, more than $10,000 since Tuesday.

She plans to donate the extra money to Rocket Dog Rescue.

Ms Talermo said she got Jackson in New York. They moved to Los Angeles and then to San Francisco.

“Those people I've met throughout the years know my love for this dog. I'm just blown away by everyone's support,” she said.

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