According to a March 31 report by WREG News, a Tennessee woman has turned to news media in an effort to get her stolen dog returned to her. An $850 reward is also being offered.
Stemi, a two-year-old Shih Tzu, was stolen from the home of Memphis resident Davene King this past Monday when her apartment on the east side was broken into.
Along with thousands of dollars in electronics, Stemi was stolen from her Poplar Place complex apartment. Even with almost all of her possessions gone, the only thing Davene is asking to be returned is her precious dog.
“I’m single, I live alone and you know he was who I came home to. He was my dog but I love him very much like a family member. Everything else can be replaced, my birth certificate, social security card, personal information, two televisions, flat screen televisions, all electronic tablets.”
Memphis Police Department confirmed there have been three burglaries in the complex over the past three months. Davene believes the thieves had been watching her apartment and knew what time she’d be gone.
Imagine the horror Davene felt when she arrived home from her job at St. Jude and found her door kicked in. Possessions can be replace. Her dog is her world, and it’s up to us to spread the word on social media to find Stemi. Davene has a lot of faith in the community helping Stemi find his way home.
“Memphis is a place where at times we do come together to support each other and sometimes it gets a bad reputation with crime but there’s a lot of love here.”
An $850 reward is being offered for the safe return of Stemi. Anyone who knows anything is asked to contact the Memphis Police Department.
Davene has posted additional photos of Stemi on her Facebook page, and says his fur is a bit shorter than in the photos, as he’d recently been groomed.
Please share Stemi with friends outside the Memphis area as well. Many dogs are taken and sold in other parts of the country. Keep an eye on Craigslist listings in your area, just in case Stemi is being offered for sale in another area.
Davene can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org