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Case ID: 19777
Classification: Shooting
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Thursday, Aug 23, 2012

County: Durham

Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 1 files available

Abuser names unreleased

Residents of a Durham apartment complex are talking about a hero dog that gave its life protecting its owner during a home invasion Wednesday afternoon.

It happened on Winding Creek Way in Durham shortly after 4 p.m. when the resident of an apartment says two men forced their way in at gunpoint.

Milton Ali-Osman says he tried to hold his door closed but couldn't do it because the man trying to get in was too strong.

"He was pushing; I was holding it. That's when his friend swooped in," he explained.

At that point Milton's 5-year-old Great Dane mix named "Scooby" sprang into action.

"If Scooby had not distracted them they would have shot me," Ali-Osman declared.

But Scooby did more than distract the men; he chased them out of the apartment.

"He ran after both of them and ran him into the field," he explained.

That's when other apartment residents heard what happened to Scooby.

"I heard two shots. Pow. Pow," said James Scott. "They shot the dog."

Ali-Osman is grateful for Scooby's life saving action, but devastated by the loss.

"I didn't think of what would happen if someone did shoot my dog. I never thought it would happen," he said with tears welling up in his eyes. "I just hate it because he was so young."

As police investigated the incident, the home invasion has neighbors on edge.

"I'm scared," said resident Breona Sneed. "I didn't go to the window because if they had seen me there they could have shot me too."

Meanwhile, Ali-Osman says he told police he has no idea who the men were or why they targeted his apartment.


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