A Boulder couple is seeking information about their missing puppy after a friend's car was stolen earlier this week in Aurora with the dog inside.
Indigo, a 15-week-old male Australian shepherd, was last seen around 7 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of the McDonald's located at 11025 E. Colfax Ave. in Aurora, according to owners Gabrielle Wescott-Shamis and Michael Shamas.
He was inside a red Toyota Corolla with temporary tags owned by one of the couple's friends. The car was stolen from the restaurant's parking lot while the couple and their friend were inside, according to Wescott-Shamis.
Indigo was only riding in the Corolla because the couple's car was totaled in Boulder earlier that same day, and their friend offered to pick them up from their places of employment in the Aurora area, she said.
"We went in to use the restroom and get a drink and somebody hopped in the car and drove off as we ran out," Wescott-Shamis said. "We're just freaking out because he's only 15 weeks old, and we're trying to get the word out any way possible."
Indigo was wearing tags at the time he was stolen, but does not have a microchip. He is mostly black, with tan and white patches and weighs about 15 pounds, Wescott-Shamis said. He has a cropped tail, which she said is among his most distinctive features.
The couple said they have posted ads on Craigslist and Petharbor.com and are considering making fliers to post around the Aurora neighborhood where Indigo was taken.
"We just want him back," Wescott-Shamis said. "We're willing to give a reward. We don't care about the car. We don't care if somebody took the dog, we just want him home."
Anyone with information about Indigo is asked to contact Wescott-Shamis at 970-309-5399 or Michael Shamas at 316-350-5854.
Anyone with information about the stolen Corolla and/or Indigo is asked to call Aurora police at 303-627-3100. The case number is 1448201.