An autistic boy has been left heartbroken after his French Bulldog puppy was nicked.
The six-month-old black French Bulldog, named Kamia, is eight-year-old Dominic Yule's therapy dog.
He has now made a heartbreaking public appeal to get her back after dog snatchers broke the lock on the garden gate to snatch the pup.
Dominic, from New South Wales, Australia, told 9News: "I loved her into my heart. Please give me my dog back."
The emotional support dog is a much needed friend to the boy, who has a condition which means he struggles to regulate his emotions.
In the appeal Dominic's mum Monique added: "I was horrified and lost for words. The lock on the gate had been removed, then it came to the realisation that she had been taken.
"I can't afford another puppy like her. It breaks my heart to see his little face every day asking questions.
"If you can drop her back off in the backyard, nothing else will be said. It would be amazing."
New South Wales Police say the dog was last seen between 7.30pm on Thursday January 16 and 2020 Friday January 17.
The puppy is believed to have been stolen from a house on Minerva Street, Kirrawee.
Autism assistance dogs are used to give children with autism a sense of security and independence.
The dogs like this often wear a special harness or bib.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Kamia, please contact Sutherland police on 9542 0899 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.