APD: Family’s dog shot after alerting neighbor to potential burglar


An Albuquerque family’s German Shepherd was shot doing exactly what dogs are supposed to do: protect.

The Albuquerque Police Department think it happened when the dog caught a burglar trying to break into the house next door.

“There was a disturbance call and two people in the neighborhood heard gunshots,” Office Simon Drobik said. 

It happened in a neighborhood across from Cibola High School just before noon

“I’m putting my son inside the stroller in the room and I just hear like a ‘poof,'” Mary Volak said.

Volak said her Bella, her 3-year-old German Shepherd, was out back when it happened. The neighbor directly behind Volak’s home told officers he heard Bella barking. He said it prompted him to walk outside, and that’s when he found one of his back windows shot out.

“That caused the dog to be alerted and the dog started barking,” Officer Drobiks said. 

But that wasn’t all. 

“It’s possible that the offender was trying to break into the house, shot the dog to quiet the dog down,” Officer Drobik said. 

Police said the offender shot Bella in the leg with a pellet gun.

“She comes up to me like she’s hurt and her paw, her arm has a hole in it,” Volak said. 

Another pellet hit the back of Volak’s home. Police are asking neighbors in the area to be on the lookout.

“The dog possibly prevented a residential burglary by alerting the homeowner, but unfortunately the person trying to break-in shot the dog in the process,” Officer Drobik said. 

APD is also asking neighbors to check their surveillance cameras or call police if they saw the suspect getting away.

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