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Case ID: 7019
Classification: Shooting
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Thursday, Jan 19, 2006

County: Essex

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

A dog was shot during an Essex home burglary, prompting the police to warn residents about armed suspects.

"We are very concerned that we have firearms being taken to the scene," said Essex Police Detective Edward Piro. "That is not typical."

The burglaries took place on Brigham Hill Lane and Brigham Hill Road between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday when the homes were unoccupied. The burglars entered one home through a window and forced a side door open.

The police believe more than one person committed the burglaries, Piro said.

In one home, a 3-year-old German shepherd was injured in the leg and head by gunshots that were fired through a door in the house. The dog was treated at an animal hospital and released Friday.

A gun was stolen from one of the homes, but did not appear to be the gun used in the dog shooting, the police said. The police said although it appeared the suspects were targeting unoccupied homes, they are concerned about weapons being used during the robberies.

The Essex police were investigating several leads, Piro said, but continued to seek information from anyone who may have witnessed the robbery or anything suspicious in the area Thursday.


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