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Haslingden burglar stabs dog to death

Lancashire Telegraph: Ben with Coco Ben with Coco

A PET dog was left to die in a pool of blood after its throat was cut by burglars.

Ben Halliday, 24, was distraught after returning to his house in Sunnybank Street, Haslingden, to find his American bulldog Cyrus dead in the back yard.

The house was broken into in the early hours of the morning and hundreds of pounds worth of goods had been taken.

Ben believes four-year-old Cyrus would have tried to defend the home, and was stabbed by burglars who had a knife.

His other dog, Staffordshire bull terrier puppy Coco, who is seven months old, survived the attack but was traumatised.

Ben said: “I’d been to the pub and came back at about half past midnight to let the dogs out, and then locked up.

“When I came home in the early afternoon I found a brick had been thrown through the back window, there was lots of glass, and stuff missing.

“Then I found the dog in the back yard in a pool of blood with his throat cut. “He’d been stabbed in the chest, down from the throat to the chest.

“My other dog was sat cowering on top of the body.

“I didn’t believe it at first. I walked back in the house for a minute, then I came back out. I was gutted.

“It was probably the worst thing I’ve seen.

“I rang the police and waited for them to come.

“They took all my jewellery, five watches, two laptops, and Playstation 4 and a game.

“I think he was trying to protect the house. I have my little girl, Evie Maria, here sometimes. They were close him and the little girl, it was her dog really.”

Ben said he has not yet brought himself to tell two-year-old Evie Maria what has happened to her pet.

He said: “I haven’t told her yet. I went to see her this morning and just took the puppy so she didn’t ask.

“I’m more upset about the dog, it’s bad enough being burgled, but the dog was part of the family.

“Coco is traumatised, she’s not left my side, she’s curled up on my bed on the pillow now, but as soon as she wakes up she won’t leave my side.”

Ben believes that the burglars targeted his house specifically, and came armed with a knife to ward off the dog.

He said: “They must have known there was a dog here and they must have come armed with a knife. I just hope the police catch them.”

Police said the burglars, at around 2am on Monday, smashed a window and reached inside for a key to open the back door.

The offenders then made their way into the living room at which point they were set upon by Cyrus.

Police said the dog in the chest with a sharp object, causing him to run out into the back yard, where he died as a result of his injuries.

The burglar then searched the living room stealing electrical items and jewellery, including a Playstation 4 and Call of Duty game, two laptops, three gold rings, two gold chains, a gold crucifix and four gents watches, before leaving the scene.

DC Ryan Waddington said: “This mindless act has left the owner of the dog devastated and we are very keen to trace the person, or people, responsible.

There was also a young puppy inside the address which was unharmed but it has been left traumatised. “Given the older dog has tried to protect the property, the offender may well have injuries consistent with being bitten or scratched.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log number LC-20140120-0818. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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10:37am Thu 23 Jan 14

Biggy12 says...

Sick b*s*ards,hope their caught an punished...the bad karma loaded on the souls of these scumbag/s will never be repaid
Sick b*s*ards,hope their caught an punished...the bad karma loaded on the souls of these scumbag/s will never be repaid Biggy12
  • Score: 32

10:38am Thu 23 Jan 14

Another Day says...

I hope the scum that did this , dies a slow and painful death one day.
I hope the scum that did this , dies a slow and painful death one day. Another Day
  • Score: 25

11:17am Thu 23 Jan 14

katey h says...

omg how sad , pure scum ,this world is so messed up , hope who ever done this is found asap
omg how sad , pure scum ,this world is so messed up , hope who ever done this is found asap katey h
  • Score: 21

12:41pm Thu 23 Jan 14

AnthonyUK says...

These thugs probably won't get a punishment enough to make them see sense and not do it again when caught;such is the useless justice system of the UK and the bloody red tape and humanrights guff wrapped around the police and magistrates hands!
These thugs probably won't get a punishment enough to make them see sense and not do it again when caught;such is the useless justice system of the UK and the bloody red tape and humanrights guff wrapped around the police and magistrates hands! AnthonyUK
  • Score: 26

7:04pm Thu 23 Jan 14

her from here says...

It's lucky he wasn't in the house he could have got the same treatment. I think it's someone who knows him it's just horrible
It's lucky he wasn't in the house he could have got the same treatment. I think it's someone who knows him it's just horrible her from here
  • Score: 4

7:12pm Thu 23 Jan 14

noddy57 says...

the lengths that some low lifes can stoop too is beyond words,,they must be caught and dealt with severely ,,but l wont hold my breath,
the lengths that some low lifes can stoop too is beyond words,,they must be caught and dealt with severely ,,but l wont hold my breath, noddy57
  • Score: 5

8:08am Fri 24 Jan 14

porterman says...

something doesnt add up here
something doesnt add up here porterman
  • Score: 0

5:06pm Sun 26 Jan 14

juliaevans1 says...

the same should be done to the nasty scumbag that did this, its a shame the dog did nt kill him
the same should be done to the nasty scumbag that did this, its a shame the dog did nt kill him juliaevans1
  • Score: 0

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