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Forestdale burglar kills pit bull with shot silenced by potato
By From The Birmingham News
October 15, 2009, 11:00AM
FORESTDALE, Ala. -- A Forestdale woman arrived home from work Wednesday evening to find her dog slain and her home burglarized, authorities said today.
The burglar apparently knew the 8-year-old pit bull was inside the Heflin Avenue West home and came prepared.
He used a potato as a silencer, placing it over the barrel of his gun as a silencer when he shot through the front door, striking the dog, said Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Randy Christian.
The thief then kicked in the back door, shot the dog two more times and stole a computer and monitor valued at about $1,500, Christian said.
Investigators have not yet identified any suspects.
"What a sorry, lowlife coward," Christian said.
"First of all you have to ask what kind of person kicks someone's door in to steal from them," he said. "But to take the life of a pet that someone has loved for eight years is despicable and on top of that it is very likely someone that knew the victim. That's pretty sad. I have to believe there is a special place for those people, in fact I am counting on it."
Not to mention the wanton slaughter of an innocent potato, cut down in the prime of life, never to spud or even contribute French fries to society. Just splattered all over some old lady's door. "The horror. . . The horror."