THE house owners of two canines that have been overwhelmed with a golf membership and pepper sprayed in a break-in say their pets are nonetheless traumatised weeks after the assault.
Hector and Chika, a Rhodesian ridgeback and a ridgeback cross, have been of their residence in Faculty Lane, Copmanthorpe, when burglars kicked by a metallic safety bolt implementing the canine flap, and compelled their method inside.
The raiders then used a golf membership and pepper spray to power the canines again and locked them within the tv room, earlier than ransacking the home and fleeing with jewelry, money and golf golf equipment.
Homeowners David and Helen Edmondson stated Hector – who was rescued from Cyprus after being badly handled as a pet – was left with a lump on his head, and had not been the identical because the break-in, which occurred between 5.30pm and seven.30pm on Friday, November 23.
Helen stated: “I feel Hector had the brunt of it, anyway. Chika has at all times been fairly timid, and has separation anxiousness. They have been each rescue canines and he or she’s an outdated lady now, however she’s a bit extra delicate.
“Hector hasn’t had a simple life. Due to what’s occurred to him, this can set him again as a result of it’s a belief subject. He’s very subdued, very quiet, and nonetheless very grumpy. When any individual got here to drop off the publish he was completely going mad.”
Hector and Chika earlier than the assault.
Hector – who was recovering from an operation to take away a lump from his aspect on the time of the assault – is considered about 4 years outdated, and Chika is eight.
Helen and David stated the canines have been each nonetheless struggling to readjust after the break-in.
David stated: “We’re attempting to get them again right into a routine, however Hector now, he’s nonetheless not proper. I feel he looks like he’s allow us to down.
“He’s identical to a zombie for the time being. We are able to nonetheless scent the pepper spray in the home, they should have used lots on him. For those who stroll up the drive, he’s up and away, so I feel they’ve come up the again and sneaked up and caught him off-guard.
David added: “The primary two days didn’t appear to have an effect on me in any respect however the previous few days, I’ve turn into an increasing number of indignant and an increasing number of down. We go away the home, and simply stroll straight again.”
*Police stated on Wednesday that no person had but been arrested in reference to the aggravated housebreaking, and urged anybody with any info to name 101, e-mail [email protected] or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 quoting reference 12180219086.