Man, dog shot dur­ing home in­va­sion at­tempt

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Rose Quinn rquinn@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @rquin­ndelco on Twit­ter

The shoot­ings of a man and his dog dur­ing an un­suc­cess­ful home in­va­sion re­main un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

MID­DLE­TOWN >> The shoot­ings of a 31-year-old town­ship man and his dog dur­ing an un­suc­cess­ful home in­va­sion Fri­day night re­main un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice and the Brandy­wine Val­ley SPCA.

Two men — one about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build wear­ing a cot­ton zip-up sweat­shirt and an­other be­tween 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build and a long beard wear­ing all dark cloth­ing – ar­rived at the res­i­dence in the first block of North Pen­nell Road, about 7:15 p.m., ac­cord­ing to state po­lice. State po­lice did not in­di­cate the race of the sus­pects. The pair at­tempted to en­ter the res­i­dence but was not suc­cess­ful.

Two gun­shots were then fired from out­side the res­i­dence, one strik­ing the 31-year-old vic­tim in the ab­domen and the other strik­ing his dog Faith, a ter­rier mix, in the head. The sus­pects fled on foot, on Pen­nell Road. State po­lice have la­beled the in­ci­dent an at­tempted homi­cide.

The town­ship man was trans­ported to the hospi­tal where he was listed in sta­ble con­di­tion. There were no up­dates avail­able re­gard­ing his con­di­tion on Tues­day.

“This is an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” lead in­ves­ti­gat­ing Trooper Mark Gib­ble said Tues­day.

Mean­while, a $1,000 re­ward is be­ing of­fered by the BVSPCA for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest of the shooter, and any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact the Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice at

484-840-1000.

State po­lice on Fri­day no­ti­fied BVSPCA’s an­i­mal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers for as­sis­tance in be­gin­ning a cru­elty-case in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“As ad­vo­cates for the hu­mane treat­ment of an­i­mals, it is our duty to pro­tect the an­i­mals within our com­mu­nity,” BVSPCA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Adam Lamb stated in a pre­pared re­lease. “We have two pri­or­i­ties, the first is to con­tinue with our part­ners to pro­vide the care Faith des­per­ately needs and the sec­ond is to find the shooter and hold him re­spon­si­ble.”

As of Tues­day, Lamb said they had no leads in the cru­elty case, but he was pleased to re­port that Faith is do­ing well. She un­der­went suc­cess­ful surgery

at the West Ch­ester Ve­teri­nary Med­i­cal Cen­ter to re­move her right eye and is now ready to be placed in a med­i­cal foster care set­ting, he said.

Faith is the name given by the BVSPCA to the wounded dog. An­other ter­rier mix, named Hope, was also re­moved from the house.

Lamb said at­tempts to con­tact the own­ers to dis­cuss re­unit­ing them with the dogs have been un­suc­cess­ful.

The BVSPCA ini­ti­ated a med­i­cal fund to aid in cov­er­ing some of Faith’s med­i­cal ex­penses, her re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, and the care of her ca­nine sib­ling dur­ing his stay at the West Ch­ester fa­cil­ity. To make a do­na­tion, visit https:// fundly.com/fam­ily-pet­shot-dur­ing-home-in­va­sion#.

As of Tues­day night, 76 donors raised $2,765 of the $5,000 goal.

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