Thieves let dogs loose in home break-in, one killed by car

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DONEY PARK, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A north Phoenix family lost much more than belongings and their peace of mind during a recent break-in. The burglars also let their dogs free, and as a direct result, one of them was hit and killed.

"It hurts. It hurts all of us," said Jason Stanley. His family now has one less member in its pack.

Thursday, burglars targeted their home, breaking in through the doggy door, and rifling through the house.

The thieves made off with thousands of dollars in valuables.  “They got her jewelry they got all kinds of things, firearms,” he said.

Their four feisty Chihuahuas likely tried to sound the alert.

"So I’d imagine they may have even got bit."

Adding insult to injury, they also let the family's dogs loose. Stanley thinks on purpose.

Two of those dogs ran about a mile from home. One-year-old ‘Poncho’ was struck by a car and killed at Thunderbird and 43rd Avenue.

"I miss our Poncho; I’ve got pictures holding him as a puppy,” said Stanley.

Stanley says the stolen items can be replaced, but it’s their dog they will miss most.

"My daughter and my wife are both torn up by this," he said.

So far, no arrests have been made.

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