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article imageDog chases armed intruders from home

By Lynn Curwin     Sep 12, 2010 in Crime
Wigan - A family pet chased intruders with guns from a home in Greater Manchester Friday night. Three men wearing balaclavas burst into a home at 10:25pm., while a family of four was in the living room watching television.
The family’s Staffordshire bull terrier grabbed one of the masked men by the leg.
In an attempt to make the animal let go, the man struck the dog with his handgun. When this happened the home owner’s 22-year-old daughter went over to protect the dog. She was then struck in the head several times, resulting in a cut.
Unable to deter the dog, the intruders decided to run.
The terrier chased them through the garden, pulling one man to the ground where he dropped his gun before getting free.
"To attack a defenceless young woman who was protecting her dog with a pistol is a shameful act and these men need to be caught and spend years looking at the four walls of a jail cell,” the Sussex Express quoted Det Chief Insp Howard Millington of Greater Manchester Police, as saying.
The first man was described as white, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, and wearing a dark hoodie and jeans.The second was white, in his late teens or early 20s, with a grey hoodie and dark hair.The other man was white and wearing a dark hoodie and light trousers.
“One of the men has been bitten by the dog and lost blood,” the Manchester Evening News quoted Millington as saying. “I therefore want to ask that if anyone sees someone who has suffered these sorts of injuries, or if you have given a man with dog bites medical attention, call us immediately as this could be absolutely crucial to our investigation.”
Police are also interested in a silver hatchback car that may have been used as a getaway car.
Anyone with information is asked to call Wigan CID on 0161 8565307, 0161 8725050 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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