Knoxville woman searches for dogs stolen from her truck

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A Knoxville dog owner feels heartbroken and concerned after she says her dogs were stolen. She hopes someone somewhere knows something about her two Yorkshire terriers.

Lori Tandy says both of her dogs were stolen out of her truck, in broad daylight, Tuesday afternoon while she ran inside a West Knoxville grocery store.

“I feel horrible. I feel lost. I feel there’s something missing,” she said.

Since Tuesday, Tandy has been searching social media for posts about her two Yorkies, Chevy and Sadie.

“They’re my life. They’re my babies. All I can do is pray and hope that social media will spread the word and somebody’s going to come across these dogs and I’m going to get them back.”

Tandy says she went to pick up her grandchildren from school with the dogs in the back. They planned on going to the dog park, but first stopped at the Publix on Town Center Boulevard off Northshore to get ice cream. She says they were in the store no more than eight to 10 minutes. 

“The truck was locked, the windows were cracked about two inches, and we ran in real quick. Came back out and I hit the unlock button on the truck and my granddaughter started screaming, ‘Where are the dogs? Where are the dogs?'”

Tandy says her truck was ransacked, the glove compartment was open, her cell phone along with her grandchildren’s backpacks were stolen, as well as the two dogs. She believes the thieves broke in through the windows.

“Makes no sense whatsoever,” she said.

Now that a report has been filed, the Knoxville Police Department is investigating.

“I’m concerned that the case won’t go anywhere and I’ll never see my dogs again,” said Tandy.

She has a message to whoever stole Chevy and Sadie: “Please just take them to Young Williams, no questions asked.”

Both dogs were wearing pink collars, without their names, but have Tandy’s address and phone number. Chevy is black and tan, Sadie is the smaller yorkie who is tan and gold.

If you know anything, you’re asked to call KPD at (865) 215-7212 or email Lori Tandy at

Knoxville police say pets are considered valuables and you should not leave anything in plain sight. Police say hide your belongings, lock your car, and take your keys.

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