On Jan. 17, burglars broke into the West Little River home belonging to Benny and JoAnn Biscotti, taking money, electronics -- and Samantha, a 3 ½-month-old dachshund.
''The day she was taken she had more press coverage than Britney Spears,'' JoAnn Biscotti said.
The first lead came a week later, when a woman walked into a Miami-Dade County pawnshop and tried to sell a "cute hot dog."
The pawnshop owner declined the purchase, but the next day, Benny Biscotti walked into the shop with a flier of the lost dog. The shop owner put two and two together, and police arrested Franklyn Castro, 21, charging him with grand theft.
Castro confessed to the crime, police said, but wouldn't say what happened to the dog.
Read all about the happy reunion at the Miami Herald.
Update March 5th: See a news video at WSVN.com