Tail-wagging dogs greet burglars at Fort Lauderdale home

Thieves leave with several items, including firearm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Two dogs whose tails were wagging in excitement greeted a couple of burglars last month who broke into a home in Fort Lauderdale.

Surveillance video released Monday by police shows two men entering the home at 9:20 p.m. Sept. 19 in the 1500 block of Northeast 18th Avenue.

Both dogs ran to the kitchen area, where the men entered, and one burglar even took a moment to pat one of the dogs on its head.

"I'm like, 'Are you kidding me?'" the victim, Debbie Blakey, said. "And they even bent down and pet one of my dogs. I'm like, 'Bite him.'"

Blakey said she has lived at the home for more than 20 years.

"I'm praying that somebody recognizes the first guy by the way that he moves. The second guy looks right at the camera. Somebody's got to recognize him," she said.

Blakey said she is just thankful that the burglars didn't harm her dogs.

"Thank God they didn't poison them. Nobody hit them," she said.

Police said the thieves left the home with several items, including a firearm.

Blakey has installed more surveillance cameras throughout her home.

Anyone with information about the burglars' identities is asked to call Detective Sean Reddish at 954-828-5676 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.


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