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Tuesday, Nov 8, 2005
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A city man whose cherished dog was left to die in a seemingly random burglary Nov 8 says his only comfort is that the pooch's young pal was spared.
Bob Desrosiers, 52, arrived home from work just after 5 p.m. to find his bungalow ransacked and his three-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, Alex, lying in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor, his head apparently crushed by an intruder's foot.
"I opened the door and there (Alex) was. There was blood everywhere," he said. "I felt sick. I wanted to throw up."
Ignoring the thieves' mess - emptied cupboards and overturned tables - Desrosiers's thoughts immediately turned to 10-month-old miniature Yorkie, Bebe, who was nowhere to be found.
"Then I started panicking because I thought they'd killed her too. I was hollering for Bebe. I thought maybe they'd thrown her out the door or she was dead under a pile of papers or blankets."
Five frantic minutes later, Desrosiers found Bebe trembling under a bookshelf. The 2 1/2-pound puppy was shaken, but otherwise unharmed.
Police have made no arrests in the case that has left animal-loving Edmontonians fuming.
It appears the intruder or intruders entered through the basement of the home near 121 Avenue and 124 Street and left the scene via the backyard on a bicycle. Officers canvassed the neighbourhood, but turned up little information.
Though the house was trashed, with every drawer and cupboard emptied, the only missing items were a computer, a flat-screen monitor and prescription Tylenol.
Desrosiers, a flooring contractor, doesn't believe he was being targeted for a specific item.
"I don't care if you wreck the place, rip holes in the wall, tip things over, but why hurt a defenceless dog?" he asked. "Would (the thief) have attacked me? Probably. But I'll tell you this much, he wouldn't have won."
Desrosiers and his family have posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
"We'll get you and when we do, watch out," he said.
The single man plans to cremate Alex's remains, and eventually, adopt a new friend for Bebe.
Alex was described as a "priceless" pet, able to perform a multitude of tricks, and the best company a person could have.
Edmonton Humane Society spokesman Melissa Boisvert said she was disturbed by the incident.
"All of us here are pet owners or lovers and to think of something like this happening to one of our pets just breaks our hearts," she said.
Boisvert said it is technically not illegal to kill an animal if there is no proof it suffered.
- Edmonton Sun - Nov 10, 2005
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