Burglar abuses Lorain family’s dogs, steals money for Christmas gifts

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LORAIN, Ohio- Police are looking for information after a family found their home burglarized and their dogs abused.

Police were called to a duplex on East 34th Street in Lorain at about 7 p.m. on Monday when 36-year-old Jason DeWitt reported the backdoor was open.

“I really felt violated and scared, hoping my dogs were OK. Just glad nobody was here,” said the father of two.

Jewelry, electronics and $1,000 cash for Christmas presents had been taken from the home. DeWitt said his room was in shambles and family mementos were stolen.

“A ring from my grandfather that passed away in April of this year. A lot of sentimental stuff and stuff for my children,” DeWitt said.

He was extremely upset that the thieves also abused his two dogs, which he considers family.

The pit bull and boxer-Dalmatian mix, both rescues, were severely swollen and bruised. DeWitt said the one dog already has cancer and not long to live.

“I just don't understand it, especially around the holidays. Obviously, they could see it as children's stuff they were taking and the dogs? Obviously, they protect my house but they are really friendly dogs, anyone in the neighborhood can tell you,” DeWitt said.

Officers took a crowbar from the backyard as evidence.

Anyone with information should call the Lorain Police Department at 440-204-2100.

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