LAMONT, California (KGET) -- While many kids' Christmas lists are growing, there's only one thing a 4-year-old boy from Lamont, California is asking for from Santa. He wants his miniature pony back. Someone stole it from the family's backyard the day after Thanksgiving.
After reporting it to police, the family contacted 17 News in hopes someone will see their pet and make the boy's only holiday wish come true.
Like they'd do each morning, Sonni Manriquez and her young sons make their morning trip through their backyard.
"Shadow," young Kai, nearly 2, yells.
The backyard is where they'd visit Shadow, their much-loved, miniature pony.
"She was a pet," said Sonni Manriquez. "She was a part of our family. We all loved her, but especially my oldest son. He grew up with her."
Her son, Koen, is just 4 years old. When he was just 2, his family bought Shadow. With constant love, the once shy pony became an affectionate friend. But, thieves stole the little boy's constant companion five days ago.
"So, when he came out that morning to help feed, she was gone," said Sonni.
"She was gone," said Koen.
The night after Thanksgiving, someone sneaked into the family's backyard.
Sonni pointed to the metal fence saying, "It's pretty obvious that they just cut all of this here and pulled it open and walked her straight all of the way that way."