21-year-old mother Sophie Davison had only been living in her Sunderland home for a few short months when she came home from visiting her grandmother in the hospital and found an unexpected and grisly sight waiting for her. Her “perfect” Yorkshire Terrier, Pippin, was lying dead on the floor in a pool of his own blood with knife wounds in his neck.
“It’s been horrific,” recalled Davison. “I opened the front door, and Tia [her 13-year-old Boxer-Mastiff mix] came skating across the floor to me. She’s old and has skin cancer, so this is not something she does. Then I found poor Pippin. He was surrounded by blood, and when I touched him, he was cold and stiff.”
Davison immediately called the police, who investigated the situation and announced it as aggravated burglary, despite the fact that nothing was stolen from the home.
“There’s [sic] no signs of a break-in either, so to think someone may have just let themselves in is terrifying,” said Davison, who has a baby son named Jensen at home to worry about. “I’m too scared to stay here now.”
According to a spokesperson for the Northumbria Police, the report of a deceased dog was called in around 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, and the investigation into who was responsible is still underway. Anyone who knows anything is encouraged to alert the local authorities.
“Officers attended the scene and discovered a dog that had sustained fatal injuries consistent with those of a stabbing,” said the spokesperson. “The homeowner was not home during the incident and it is believed that nothing was taken from the address.”
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The mysterious situation has left way too many unanswered questions for Davison, who must live with the fear that the burglar may return along with the grief she feels over her lost companion.
“I am just hoping that sheds some light on who may have done this; I need to know,” said Davison. “I don’t understand how anyone can do such a horrific thing to an elderly dog who didn’t have a bad bone in his body.”
It’s hard to imagine why anyone would have a reason to hurt a poor innocent animal like Davison’s beloved Pippin, especially in such a gruesome manner. Our hearts go out to Davison and her family as they deal with this gutwrenching and terrifying situation.
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?
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