Reward offered for Shih Tzu stolen from St. Jude worker's home - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reward offered for Shih Tzu stolen from St. Jude worker's home

Lost dog, Stemi (Source: Davene King) Lost dog, Stemi (Source: Davene King)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - An East Memphis woman, who works long hours as a physician's assistant at St. Jude, is desperate to find her dog that was stolen from her home, along with jewelry and electronics.

Davene King says she went to work around 6:30 a.m. on Monday. When she returned to her Poplar Place apartment around
6 p.m., she found her front door had been kicked in. A footprint was left behind as evidence.  

"My dog and his kennel were gone, and he means the world to me," King said. "I've had him since he was 5 weeks old."

The dog, Stemi, is a 3-year-old tan and white Shih Tzu with golden brown ears. He was one of several things stolen during the burglary at King's home. The burglar(s) also made off with her flat screen television, tablet, clothes, and more. 

Police took a report but have no suspects. King showed investigators where Stemi's kennel sat next to his food tray and toys. 

"I came home, and it's not a home to come home to because he's not greeting me at the door," King said. 

She took the day off of work on Tuesday to file an insurance claim and get copies of personal documents that were stolen, but she says those can be replaced; Stemi cannot.

"I know people do not understand, because it's just a dog to people; it's just a pet," she said. "But I feel like I've lost someone I love and care about deeply."

King is offering a reward, with the help of her coworkers at St. Jude, to bring Stemi home. King has faith that the burglar(s) will do the right thing and return her dog.

WMC Action News 5 reporter Jerica Phillips asked King if she heard about the Dixie the dog reunion and whether it gives her hope. 

King replied, "Absolutely! I work at a place where hope is all you have. Hope is all I know, and I know that he'll come home to me. I know he will."

If you have information that could help police, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH. 

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