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Burglar ransacks La Mesa home, attacks small dogs with pepper spray

Posted at 6:52 PM, Aug 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 21:52:09-04

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) - An East County family came back home to ransacked bedrooms and their little dogs' fur doused with pepper spray.

Ten-year-old Emma and 11-year-old Brody - both Chihuahua Terrier mixes - were inside their home near Bancroft Drive, when a burglar broke in Friday afternoon and tossed the bedrooms, stealing three pieces of jewelry. Jake Hutchison's wife found the mess.

When she called for the dogs, she saw orange residue on Brody's white fur. When Jake returned and held the dog, his eyes started to water and burn. Police confirmed both dogs had been attacked with pepper spray.

Hutchison says luckily, the burglar's aim was bad and the pepper spray didn't get into his dog's eyes.

"There was pepper spray splattered on our bed, in our closet and in our hallway. They were really going after them with the pepper spray. It's pretty infuriating. Who goes after 10-pound helpless animals?" asked Hutchison.

The pepper spray caused some skin irritation, but the dogs will recover.

Hutchison says motion sensors revealed the burglar got in through the doggie door and was inside for 12 minutes.

If you have any information on the case, call La Mesa police at 619-667-1400.