Bridgeport woman says dog was stolen from her yard, then returned to her after paying reward

Mary Hill couldn't eat or sleep. Hill said she was just going through the motions doing the week-and-a-half her dog Sassy wasn't home.
"My dog was stolen from my yard -- a fenced-in yard," Hill told News 12. "Somebody came in and chased her down."
It happened Sept. 5 in the 300 block of Alpine Street in Bridgeport where Hill lives. She said a security camera captured it all, but the video was too blurry.
"I called the police. I called the dog pound. I went out searching for her," Hill recalled.
Hill said she made fliers which she posted around town promising a big reward and no questions asked if Sassy was returned.
"I just wanted my dog," Hill explained. "I definitely was devastated."
She said then came calls and texts from private numbers claiming to have found the dog and asking for the reward.
"One said, 'My friend has your dog, and I don't like friends that steal so, are you going to give me the reward money? I said, 'Yes, just bring me my dog.'"
Hill and Sassy were united a week ago. Hill told News 12 she paid $1,000 and as promised, didn't ask for specifics, or notify police.
"I just gave them the money, and they just disappeared," Hill said. "They cut her hair. They cut her tail hair. They butchered her."
She said other than that, Sassy is doing well and happy to be home. Hill shared her story as a warning to other dog owners.
"I'm just so thankful I have her back," Hill said.