UPDATE: Angie Raley said Thursday the dog has been returned. She says the woman who returned the dog thought it was a stray and took it home to her granddaughter. Raley says she does not plan to file charges.
KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knox County family is desperate to find their dog after they say someone stole it and it was all caught on camera.
Angie Raley and her family are anxiously waiting for their dog, Chloe, to come home. They’ve received calls from people thinking they found the dog, but she hasn’t turned up.
Raley says she let Chloe, a Maltese and Yorkie mix, out to go to the bathroom on Monday. That was the last time she saw her.
She and several of her relatives live on Emerald Ridge Lane in the Halls community, which has a Christmas lights display each year that dozens of people drive through to see, but lately they haven’t been in the Christmas spirit.
“This year it’s a bit more disheartening because Chloe got taken,” said Raley.
Raley and her family searched throughout the neighborhood for her dog, but it wasn’t until her nephew-in-law told her he spotted a car leaving as he was pulling into his driveway. That’s when they decided to look at the security camera video.
It shows what appears to be someone driving by in a car, picking up the dog, and driving off.
“I would love for somebody to just bring her back here or take her to a local shelter. No questions asked. We just want her back,” said Raley.
She filed a report with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, but doesn’t plan on pressing any charges if she finds out who took her dog. Raley just wants her dog back.
“I worry that every day that goes by that it’s going to get harder to find her,” said Raley.
The family said they found a receipt on the road, which they believe belongs to someone in the car and they plan on turning that into authorities. They’re also in the process of making banners to put at the beginning of the road.
The family is offering a $500 reward for the safe return of their dog. If you’ve seen Chloe or have any information, call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at (865) 215-2243.