GRAPHIC: Dog dies after intruder stabs her 15 times with screwdriver

Posted at 1:28 AM, May 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-06 01:28:30-04

INDIANAPOLIS (WRTV/CNN) – A pet owner in Indianapolis had to euthanize her beloved dog after she says an intruder broke into her home and tortured the animal with a screwdriver.

Lorie Snowden is struggling to make sense of what she found when she came home from the store Wednesday afternoon.

"I ain't never seen nothing like it. It's a nightmare really. I've never seen an animal like that in my life ever,” Snowden said.

Snowden’s cockapoo Petta was lying outside her door, bleeding from multiple stab wounds.

"While I was gone somebody broke into my house and attacked my dog and then took my dog and attacked her somewhere else,” Snowden said. “I don't know how somebody could even do that to an animal.”

Petta was stabbed as many as 15 times, but somehow, she found her way home.

"She had to crawl back and let her owner know something was wrong,” Snowden said.

Snowden took Petta to an emergency clinic, but there was nothing medics could do.

"They had to put her down. They couldn't save her,” Snowden said.

Police have not made an arrest in the case but say they have information on a possible suspect. Investigators took a screwdriver from the home, using blood reportedly found on it as evidence.

Many in Indiana are pushing for legislation that would protect pets with stronger animal welfare laws.

"If they can do that to a dog that can't defend themselves, can you imagine what that person could do to somebody out here, a human being?" said Snowden’s niece, Natasha Perkins.

But Snowden says nothing will bring back her best friend.

"I'm still in shock from it,” she said. "She was like my daughter. I've had that dog for 10 years."

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