RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A well known Fan icon has vanished and now it's owners want to know who took it! You might have seen a red dog named sally on a porch in The Fan. That dog was stolen this weekend. It's owners are hoping whoever took it will return it with no questions asked.
It might not seem like a big deal, but this red dog meant the world to the two little girls that practically considered this their pet. The iconic red dog easily recognized by many people living in this part of The Fan is missing. Someone swiped "Sally," as she's known, late Sunday night and all that's left is the broken chain she was tied down with.
"Uhhh uhhh speechless like I am now! I couldn't imagine!" said the dog's owner, Jill Stefanovich. "She's been on this porch and a fixture on this porch for four years!"
"I started crying! Really sad...like really sad!" said twin girls, Gracie & Lotti Stefanovich.
Jill and her 7-year-old twin daughters are heartbroken that their animal sculpture is gone. They're trying to figure out why someone would steal it.
"It's just mean to be honest with you," said Jill. "It is a sculpture by an artist named Dennis Pearson so it is a piece of art, so all I can think of is they want it for fun?"
Jill and her family have posted signs all over the neighborhood hoping that someone has seen Sally. Sally is not some plastic red dog, it's made of fiberglass and is valued at more than $2,000.
"And I don't even like to say the price but I really want people to know that it is not just a toy," said Jill. "It's over two thousand dollars for Sally. It's not even the price. We just want her for the emotional attachment that we have to her."
This red dog was a gift and served as a replacement to the twins' real dog that they were allergic to that died a while back.
"We sat on her and we liked to pet her everyday," said Gracie Stefanovich.
They have just a few words to the person that took her.
"Put her back please!!" said Lotti Stefanovich.
Jill and her family is offering a reward for the safe return of the dog. You can just return the animal to their home on Grove Avenue or make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers by calling 780-1000.