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Case ID: 19199
Classification: Shooting
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Thursday, Jan 26, 2012

County: Strafford

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

Police in Dover said a home burglary took an alarming turn Thursday when the dog belonging to the family that lives in the home was shot and killed.

It was devastating for the family, who returned home to find the place burglarized and their dog shot.

The dog was still alive, and they tried desperately to save its life.

Investigators said the burglar or burglars forced their way into the home on Dover Point Road between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, stealing cash and firearms and shooting the dog.

Police said the family described their pit bull as a sweetheart. When they returned home, they found it shot in the chest area but still breathing.

'The dog was still alive, and they took it to the vet in an attempt to save its life. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. She died at the vet," Dover Police Department Lt. Brant Dolleman said.

Dover police called in a crime scene unit to process the scene for evidence, and the special investigations bureau is handling the case.

Authorities said they are deeply concerned about what happened inside the home.

"All indications is the dog encountered these people or this person in the home just as a person may have, and you don't want anybody to get hurt," Dolleman said.

While police review their forensic evidence, they are also asking the public to get involved.

'The case is progressing. I'm optimistic, but we certainly could use any help from the public. If anybody happened to see anything, any time during the day down in that area, anything suspicious at all, they can give us a call," Dolleman said.

The Dover Police Department encourages anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Dover Police Department at (603)-742-4646. Anonymous tips are welcome on the Dover Crimeline at 603-749-6000, or by visiting

Police said they are following some leads already, but no arrests have been made.

If you have information on this case, please contact:
Dover Crimeline


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