Dog killed during home burglary in North Charlotte

by: Holly Maynard Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte police are investigating a home robbery in North Charlotte in which the robbers beat a dog to death.

Tonya Davis took Eyewitness News through her house as she tried to clean up the huge mess the thief or thieves left behind.

They didn't leave any room untouched.

"If it was a box, a bag, a drawer. Everything was empty," she said.

Davis was out of town when someone broke in through her bathroom window on Sunday, but her 5-year-old Cocker spaniel, Shadow, was home.

"He was my companion. He was my little buddy,” she said.

Davis said she was upset when police called her and said the burglar stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, TVs and other electronics.

However, she was devastated when they described what happened to Shadow.           He was beaten to death with a hammer.     

"Who would kill a dog?  An innocent dog wouldn't bite anyone," she said. “Animal control came yesterday to get the dog, so I never got to see the dog. They said it was just too bad to see." 

Davis lives in a quiet North Charlotte neighborhood. She's been there since 1995 and said she doesn't know of any break-ins in that time.

Police spent several hours at the house yesterday and came back again on Monday.

Davis said she can't bring herself to get another dog now but she will get a security system.

“It's very violating,” she said. “It's very violating to know that someone's been through all your stuff.”