Thursday, June 08, 2000

Intruder stabs puppy to death

Owner returns home to find destruction

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MIDDLETOWN — Star, Boo-Boo and Brubby are moping around and not eating much lately — not since their baby “sister,” a dog named Diamond, was stabbed to death in their Bridgewood Drive home.

        “They're all grieving, too,” the canines' distraught owner said Wednesday, as police continued to investigate.

        The 33-year-old woman, who discovered the crime when she returned from her night-shift job about 6 a.m. Monday, asked that her name be withheld.

        “I told the police: "I want you to do what you can because I fear for my life ... If he would do this to my dog, he might come back and kill me,'” she said, adding that someone she knows had once threatened to harm her dogs.

        Studies have shown that people who hurt animals often go on to hurt people, said Sandy Rowland of Bowling Green, regional director for the Humane Society of the United States. On Wednesday, she offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator, and challenged others to match or beat that amount.

        Middletown Police Maj. Mike Bruck said although the crime is disturbing, residents shouldn't panic. “I think it's an isolated case ... I don't think there is some mad dog-stabber out there.”

        The dogs' owner said she immediately knew something was wrong when she arrived home and only three of the four dogs ran to greet her.

        The woman went looking for Diamond, and found the 7-month-old Weimaraner puppy dead on the bedroom floor.

        “She was a sweetheart,” the woman said. “She was with me all the time ... ”

        The woman said she realized an intruder had been in the home after she found deep gash marks in the paint of her green 1994 Corvette, parked in the garage.

        Police found no sign of forced entry.

        The perpetrator would likely face charges of aggravated burglary, animal cruelty and vandalism, Maj. Bruck said.

        Anyone with information can call police at 425-7700.


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