A Fresno store owner is trying to understand a senseless beating that a burglar inflicted on her 9-year-old German shepherd during a break-in.
The dog, Flash, lost her right eye when she was struck with some type of weapon wielded by the crook, who was after radio scanners and other merchandise at Sparky's, an electronics store located near Ashlan and Cedar avenues.
Flash, who is more of a friendly pet than a guard dog, was sleeping in the rear of the store when the burglar broke through a door last Wednesday morning.
The crook didn't get much, taking several empty boxes because the scanners he sought were secured in another part of the store. He also stole several microphones, along with a box of business cards. The burglar then went into a room in the back of the store where Flash was sleeping.
Owner Cheryl Cook isn't sure whether the burglar beat Flash out of fear that she was a guard dog or out of simple cruelty, but the dog's wounds were severe. When store employee Anne Rodriguez arrived to work, she found the dog cowering in a pool of blood. Cook rushed Flash to a vet and received a cell phone call before she was even back at the store: Flash would have to have the ruined eye removed.
Flash was back at the store Monday, appearing chipper and sweet despite her injuries. Cook is planning to offer a reward for the arrest of the burglar.
Cook is also taking Flash home with her at night.
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