Burglars Killing Pets
Burglars Killing Pets
This is a concern many of us never think of. I never would have realized the subject of burglars killing pets to be a major issue until I started researching this article. But it's a crime no one with a pet left at home while the owner's are away is immune to. I'd like to tell you about a few of the cases that made the headlines.
1. October 30, 2010. One dog and two puppies were stabbed to death during a burglary in Attica, Indiana when two men broke into a residence where they previously lived. An adult male pit bull and two Boston terrier-rat terrier-mix puppies, about 5 months old, were killed during the burglary. After they stabbed the dogs, they dumped the bodies in a storm ditch and then set fire to the residence to try to cover their crime.
Christopher T. Bartlow and Theodore E. Robinson III, both 18 of Attica, have been charged with burglary, theft, arson and killing a dog. All of these are felonies under Indiana law. Killing a dog became a Class D felony about a year ago.
They were booked under $25,000 bond.
The population in Attica in the 2000 census was under 4000
2. A 9 year old toy poodle was stabbed several times in the Cordele area of Albany Georgia in late August, 2010. Shila (Sheila?), a sweet little dog weighing around 5 lbs., belonged to the family of Michael Shira. They returned to their Cordele home to a blood splattered house and found Shila stabbed around 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning. She died twelve hours later.
An air conditioner, TV, Wii game, money and jewelry were stolen when someone broke in through a side door while the family was away.
The family believes this to be a hate crime and are very afraid because the killers are still out there. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Cordele Police Department at 276-2921.
The population in Albany is listed in the 2000 census as just under 77,000.
3. A 10-year old boxer bulldog was killed in a Charlotte, NC home in April of 2008. A neighbor witnessed three men jump over and fence carrying a shotgun and did not report this to police until the family came home. The family found their dog dead from a single shotgun blast at close range. They believe the dog was laying on the living room loveseat when the burglars broke into their home. The burglars are believed to reside in the neighborhood, but this has so far gone unproven. The family says they have lost the best dog they ever had to a senseless act of violence.
Click here for the video interviewing the Charlotte, NC family.
The population in Charlotte in the 2009 census is over 709,000 although the Chamber of Commerce says a more realistic number is nearly 757,000.
4. Hershey, a 10-year old Virgina Beach, Virginia cat recovered after being stabbed during a September, 2009 burglary in his home. The cat, a Persian, belongs to Joe Ciccone and his 13-year old daughter. He believes the burglar was already in his home when he and his daughter stopped by to pick up her pom poms for cheerleading practice about 11:30 on a Saturday morning.
He later recalled seeing his children's Wii system packed in a bag on the kitchen floor. He now believes the burlars left the bag and hid in the house until they left again.
They returned home from practice and his daughter found Hershey in the utility room floor with the 8-inch butcher knife protruding from his abdomen.
Hershey had been stabbed several times. He was treated with surgery and a blood transfusion
Virginia Beach has a population of over 433,000.
As you can see from the above cases, this problem can happen in any size town or city. We all leave our animals at home thinking them safe when inside their own home. Apparently we've been lead into a false sense of security on this issue as well.
I apologize if this article is a source of new worry for pet owners out there. I just wanted to make everyone aware this can and does happen. People are desperate these days with the economy being so bad. Plus some people are just plain mean. Crimes like this are bound to increase as some have no regard for human life. Much less the life of a four-legged friend whose only crime was to get in the way during a burglary.
Do all you can to protect your pets when you're away.
Elisa Black-Taylor is a regular contributor to www.pictures-of-cats.org