Investigators found no signs of forced entry.

Police think burglar entered DeKalb home through ‘doggie door,’ fatally shot dog

A DeKalb County woman came home from work to discover her dog had been shot and killed during an apparent burglary.

The woman returned to her Rosser Place home about 7 p.m.  on April 22 to find her dog, Toby, shot multiple times in her hallway, according to a DeKalb County police report.

The homeowner, Cathy Bruce, told police she left for work about 9:30 that morning “with her residence secured and dog alive,” the police report states. 

A DeKalb County woman came home from work last week to find her dog had been shot during an apparent burglary.
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Investigators found no signs of forced entry and determined the burglar likely entered the home through a “doggie door” leading to the woman’s backyard.

Police said the suspect may have encountered the dog upon entering the home before pulling a weapon and firing at least eight times. Shell casings were scattered around the house and bullet holes were discovered in the hallway floor and bedroom door, according to the report.

The dog was shot twice, once in the neck and once in the ribs, and a broken chair from the woman’s dining room was lying on the living room floor near the hallway where the dog was shot.

“Toby, he was the most fun dog. He would just want to play all the time,” said Bruce, who started a GoFundMe page to raise reward money for information leading to the burglar’s capture. “He must have been so scared — probably terrified.”

The woman’s bedroom was ransacked and a Dell laptop and an LG monitor were the only items reported stolen.

“For what they’re probably going to pawn for a couple hundred bucks they had to kill our dog,” Bruce said.

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