SALEM, Mo. (KSDK) - A story we've been following for months has taken a bizarre turn.
A yellow lab named Phineas has spent more than a year surrounded by controversy in Salem, Mo. Now he's the center of a mystery.
Phineas is accused of biting a young girl and was scheduled to be put down. But his owners fought the ruling in court.
The dog was being held at the Dent County Veterinary Clinic while waiting for a hearing on Thursday that might have kept him from being euthanized.
Workers say Phineas was there Friday night and by Saturday he was gone.
Dr. J.J. Tune is the man in charge of taking care of Phineas while the dog's case goes through court. He believes someone broke in through the clinic's back door sometime shortly after business hours on Friday.
"We have no security system other than the police station a block away," said Tune. "And it wouldn't take much to pick one of our locks and break in if you knew what you were doing."
The Salem Police Department is investigating, but right now investigators don't have any leads.
Phinieas' owner says two bite experts were set to testify Thursday that the marks left on a young Salem girl weren't made by Phineas. Now she's certain someone is targeting her family's dog.
"The first public hearing we had we found our kitten poisoned," said Amber Sanders. "So I'd say it was not somebody that's in his favor that stole him."
Right now Phineas' whereabouts are anyone's best guess. But Sanders' family is keeping faith they'll see their dog soon.
"Lexi hasn't said very much. You can tell she's upset but she hasn't talked hardly," said Amber Sanders. "And Bella, she says we've got to do what we've got to do to find him because he's part of our family."
Thousands of dollars are being offered as a reward for Phineas' safe return. Click here to learn more or to contribute to the reward fund.