Irene Matas was highly distressed when she woke up on Wednesday morning to find her Lawrence County Pennsylvania home burgled and her two new Boston Terrier puppies stolen.
The 75-year-old had gotten her puppies three weeks ago and named them Adam and Eve. She got the pair after she found her home too quiet after her last dog Patches passed away.
Tuesday night, she had forgotten to lock the back door and set the alarm. When Irene woke, she found her TV, camera and her two 12-week old puppies gone.
"They're my life; they’re my babies; they’re my family," said Matas. "I know other people have children. I don’t have children; these [puppies] are like my little children to me."
She offered a $1,500 reward and her story was aired on the news. Within a few minutes of the story airing on the news, she started to receive tips on Adam and Eve's whereabouts. A woman called and told her a person had tried selling the dogs in her neighborhood. When New Castle police and Irene's brother went to where the tipster said they were they found Adam. Eve was found the next day after another tipster helped police lead them to her.
The investigation into the thieves is still underway.
Irene said, "I'm so thrilled to have them back. They are so happy to be back, and they are just playing with each other and are just so happy," said Matas. "Without the help of the public, these dogs would not be home right now."