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Dogs injured in Stafford County burglary

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By KEITH EPPS

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a burglar who broke into a man’s home last week, stole three guns and injured two of his dogs.

Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said police began an investigation Friday morning after getting a call from the homeowner, who lives on Tracey Street off U.S. 1 in North Stafford, about three miles north of Aquia Harbour.

The man reported that a neighbor had called him at work the previous afternoon to inform him that his smaller dog was running around loose. At the homeowner’s request, the neighbor retrieved the dog and put him in the back yard until the owner got home.

Kennedy said that when the man got home that evening, he found his two larger dogs in the home “cowering” in a corner. It appeared that both of them had been attacked, Kennedy said. One had a severe limp in its rear legs, while the other had dried blood and wounds on the top of its head.

The homeowner was so concerned with his dogs that it wasn’t until much later that he realized that his gun safe that contained three guns had been taken.

The burglary occurred sometime between the early morning hours and 2 p.m. Thursday. Kennedy said he didn’t know what kinds of dogs were involved or what was used to hurt them.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 658-4400 or Crime Solvers at 659-2020.

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