COVINGTON - A Covington couple celebrated Thanksgiving with heavy hearts this year after thieves stole their two Yorkshire terrier dogs from their home last week.
On Nov. 12, just two days after Keith and Holly Moore moved into their new home on Logans Run, the couple arrived home to discover that someone had kicked in the front door and turned their lives upside down.
"They ransacked the house, they took everything ... when I tell you they cleaned us out, they cleaned us out," said Holly Moore. "You name it - they took it."
In addition to stealing their beloved dogs, Moore said that the thieves took four television sets, computers, a camcorder, a video game system, shoes and fur coats Moore's grandmother had bequeathed to her.
The Moores also had to apply for new drivers licenses after discovering that the unknown perpetrators had gained access to their personal information.
Despite being robbed of most of their possessions, Moore said she was most upset over the loss of their dogs.
"I was just devastated ... I broke down. It was horrible, horrible, because I cannot replace my dogs, and I didn't even have a (tracking) chip in them," she said. "The insurance company does not cover your dogs."
The couple's oldest Yorkie, Georgio, weighs about 6 pounds and will turn 2 later this month. He has traditional Yorkie coloring of black, tan and silver. The younger dog, Little Mama, is a 12-month-old Teacup Yorkie and weighs only about 4 pounds. She is blonde and silver in color and, according to Moore, "she has the most beautiful big, brown eyes, which she bats."
According to Moore, Georgio has severe allergies and is supposed to take eye drops and a pill once a day for the condition.
The thieves also took one of the dog's crates and their toys. Moore said that Georgio had a large stuffed animal, and that one of the only ways he would have gone with someone he didn't know would have been for them to take the toy.
Since the burglary, the Moores have put up fliers in Newton County and Rockdale County, hoping that someone will recognize their pets. They have also sent fliers to local vets.
"All I want are my dogs back. Those are my babies," Moore said. "They sleep in the bed with us, everything. They take bubble baths. I bathe them, the whole nine."
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Georgio or Little Mama can call the Moore's at 770-315-0697 or the Newton County Sheriff's Office at 678-625-1403. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through the Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.
Joel Griffin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org