The would-be burglar at the heart of this story better hope he can treat his own wounds. If anyone shows up at the local hospitals with an unusually high number of dog bites, they’re sure to have to answer some difficult questions. And the burglar also left behind a good bit of DNA at the scene of the crime.
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This story begins with a family dog in Richmond, Virginia. Oden, a German Shepherd, was home alone when the rest of the family was out. That’s when the burglar broke in. From the looks of the house, the burglar got in fine, but had some trouble getting out.
When Tristan Murrin (above right) and his mother returned home, Oden met them at the door.There were drops of blood by the dog. They followed the trail in and found the gruesome scene.
“We looked upstairs and you could see trails of blood coming from upstairs, going all the way down,” Murrin told WRIC.
This wasn’t the first break-in in the neighborhood, but it may well be the last. Oden, though, isn’t normally aggressive.
“He plays with the kids, the cul-de-sac knows him,” Murrin said. “The community loves him, the kids come up to him and want to touch him and play with him.”
He wasn’t playing this time. “I think the dog did its job,” he said. “He knew that someone was not supposed to be in my house and no one was home and he knows that [the intruder] wasn’t supposed to be in there and was doing something that he wasn’t supposed to be doing. And so he knew to act upon it.”
Images from the attack have been shared millions of times. Murrin is hoping that the images will help the public identify the person who broke into his house.
“My best friend Oden who is a German shepherd, protected my home and belongings when I wasn’t there, I couldn’t be more proud of him,” Murrin wrote in his post.
“Such an amazing breed that’s why everyone who doesn’t have an actual dog should consider on adopting or buying a dog. Please share and like to get the story out.”