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Stoke Prior villagers offer reward to catch burglar who attacked dog
10:05am Friday 21st September 2012 in News
STOKE Prior villagers have clubbed together to offer a reward to catch the burglar who viciously attacked and injured an elderly woman’s pet dog.
Between 5.15-7.15pm on Sunday, September 2, while the owner was out, the house in Hanbury Road was broken into.
As the eight-year-old pet collie, Kiri, tried to defend the property the burglar attacked her.
Kiri was left in danger of losing one of her eyes, and was treated by a vet. Kiri had to wear a special lampshade collar as a result of her injuries.
The burglar escaped with a grey purse containing cash.
Villagers were so incensed they decided to take action, joining forces to put up a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the offender.
Detective Sergeant Ed Slough of Bromsgrove CID said: "The dog was attacked quite viciously and villagers have been so shocked by this incident, they have got together to put up a reward to help catch whoever did it.
"We really need people to come forward if they remember anything at all that could help our investigation or give us a name if they know or think they know who was responsible."
Kiri's owner, who does not want to be identified, said she was shocked by what happened to her “daily companion”.
She said: “I can't believe anyone could be so heartless and cruel to an animal. It has made me very nervous about going out and leaving her alone.
"Kiri appears to be fearful and is following me everywhere about the house as if she needs constant reassurance.
“It's terrible, I just hope someone can come forward with information to help the police catch the burglar."
Anyone with information should call the non-emergency number 101, quoting incident 611-S-020912, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.