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Case ID: 19865
Classification: Poisoning
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Friday, Mar 1, 2013

County: Contra Costa

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

Burglars broke into the home of a Richmond police officer last week, poisoned two of the officer's dogs and escaped with a cache of guns and other personal items, police said Tuesday.

"We're obviously very upset by this," said Lt. Bisa French. "One of our own was targeted in this attack, and we think he was targeted specifically because he was an officer."

French declined to identify the officer or the Richmond neighborhood in which he lives, citing safety concerns.

One of the dogs, a 1-year-old black labrador retriever, died in a veterinary hospital the next day. The other, a K-9 dog in the police department, is recovering, French said.

French said the officer discovered that his labrador was sick Friday morning and took it to the hospital. When he returned, he discovered the other dog, in a backyard kennel, was also sick and then noticed that his home had been burglarized.

The burglars made off with three "sporting guns" and two handguns, French said, as well as some other items she declined to specify.

"The dogs were poisoned to carry out the burglary," French said, adding that the poison was hidden in food.

French said police are following up on leads but have no suspects.

"We are looking for the public's help," French said.

The Richmond police union and the police management union are offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the burglars.

The Richmond Police Officer's K-9 Association is accepting donations to help with the veterinary bills, which French said total more than $10,000.

Rewards will also be given for tips that lead to recovery of the guns, French said, but did not specify how much.

Anyone with information is asked to call 510-232-TIPS.

If you have information on this case, please contact:
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Case Updates

Pet Food Express announced on Thursday they were doubling the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved in the burglary of a Richmond, Calif. police officer's home last week where his two dogs were poisoned.

The officer's one-year-old black Labrador retriever died at the emergency veterinary hospital the next day. The other dog, a K-9 officer is expected to recover.

According to the Contra Costa Times, burglars specifically targeted the officer's home in order to steal firearms. Five guns and other personal belongings were stolen. On Friday morning, the officer discovered his Labrador was sick. When he returned from the vet hospital, he discovered his other dog who was in a backyard kennel was also sick. At that time he searched his home and discovered it had been burglarized. The dogs were poisoned to carry out the crime.

The Richmond Police Department is offering a $10,000 reward for information on the culprits and have reached out for the public's help.

When the owner of the local Pet Food Express heard about the terrible situation, he decided to show his support of the police department by doubling the reward to $20,000. The company has a long supportive relationship with the police department.

Every year, according to abclocal.go.com, team members join together with "Cover your K-9" to help officers and their dogs with customized bullet proof vests, heat alarms for patrol vehicles, and K-9 first aid kits.

Tips have been coming in, but no suspects have been announced. All calls will be kept confidential. Please call (510) 232 TIPS.
Source: Examiner.Com - March 7, 2013
Update posted on Mar 31, 2013 - 1:02AM 

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