Dog Shot During Home Invasion

Two men each have a price on their head after they broke into an Omaha home, terrorized the owners and shot their dog Thursday night.

Steve and wife Janet Erlewine found a hollow-point bullet in their carpet, left behind by the suspects. “Here comes these two African-American guys, all I could see was their eyes, had their heads wrapped up,” says Steve. “The dog came running in and they shot him and I stood in front of him and I said please don’t shoot my dog.”

Meanwhile, Janet was screaming for her daughter to lock the bedroom door and call 911. “The other dude jumped me, threw me down on the ground and told me if I didn’t shut up I was going to get killed.”

Steve, who is dealing with some serious medical issues, rushed to help his wife and the intruders again became violent. “Dude lifted me up with his arm around my neck, he swung me to the floor, the guy did and knocked me out.”

Steve says the intruders rummaged through their belongings as if they were looking for something and took nothing but the family's peace of mind. “I just might buy a double-barrel today, I know I’m gonna get my .22 back so they bring that little pop gun I'll blow their chest out. Shoot by dog, break into my home, I could have been shot.”

Rex, named after former Husker running back Rex Burkhead, is recovering at a metro animal hospital. He has a serious injury from the gunshot and will undergo surgery on Tuesday. The Nebraska group Hearts United For Animals will pick up the bill for Rex's medical expenses. It is also offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

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