'I was bitter because he took my dog'; Dixie's owners vow to return to Memphis

'I was bitter because he took my dog'; Dixie's owners vow to return to Memphis
(Photo Source: MPD)
(Photo Source: MPD)
(Photo Source: MPD)
(Photo Source: MPD)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shortly after Dixie the stolen dog received a key to the city, the Memphis Police Department released surveillance footage of the suspects.

Former reporter and forever dog lover Gaynor Fletcher helped Memphis Police track down leads from all the way in Canada using Facebook.

"It just hit me really hard and my stomach just felt so sick when I saw this," said Fletcher. "Her husband Terry had said you know we did have an email from someone who said they'd seen the dog a week ago."

Fletcher reached out to the tipster and convinced her to give up more information. She learned the dog was spotted at a convenience store being sold shortly after Dixie was stolen about 15 minutes away.

"She said her and her son petted the dog and played with the dog. The dog was very nervous and she had this ponytail, she had a pink coat," Fletcher noted.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton says when he heard about what happened, he knew it was a bad day for Memphis. After giving the family a key to the city and heartfelt apologies, Wharton made a passionate plea of his own.

"Never a judge a man on the worst day of his life is what I've asked the Traviss' and others to do. Don't judge us on that worst day, judge us on what I consider to be one of our best days," said Wharton.

With Dixie back in the Traviss family's arms they say that black eye Memphis was sporting is long gone.

"When I said I'd never be back, I was bitter because he took my dog. That's why I said what I said, and I'm very sorry, but we will be back. We understand," noted Lorie.

According to police, the suspects responsible for the car burglary connected with the theft of the dog were captured on video surveillance at Quick Check Foods located at 2831 Kimball.

The suspects were seen giving the dog to Linda Hinkley, who was arrested on Thursday.

Suspect one is described as a male, 5'6", 160 pounds, medium complexion, wearing a blue jacket with light blue trim, white t-shirt, brown pants and black tennis shoes.

Suspect two is described as a male, 5"7", 190 lbs, dark complexion and was last seen wearing a black jacket, black shirt ,white pants, white tennis shoes and a white and gray hat.

If anyone knows the identity of the suspects or their whereabouts, please contact CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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