Winnipeg police are investigating after a dog was attacked and hate messages were spray painted on the walls of a home during a break-and-enter.
Police responded to a call about a residential break-in around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in the city’s Grassie neighborhood. The house was vandalized with graffiti and family possessions strewn around the home and smashed.
The residents were not home at the time.
However, a dog who lived in the house was found suffering from multiple wounds and taken to a veterinarian for treatment. The dog, named Petey, will survive after being beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed while defending the home.
According to Global News, hateful messages were spray painted on walls and on property, including “Pakie lovers die.”
A post on the homeowner’s Facebook page states that someone broke in and destroyed the inside of the house.
“Petey defending our home was severely injured,” the owner wrote. “He was beat with a baseball bat and stabbed deeply 3 times with a butcher knife. Physically he will survive. Mentally will take time.”
“The police have determined it to be a personal hate crime,” she wrote. “Please understand I am going to be off social media for awhile until I have ensured my family is safe.”
The Northern Plains Freelancer is not identifying the woman out of concern for her safety.
Police couldn’t say whether they had any suspects in the case.
Members of the major crimes unit continue to investigate.
Police are asking anyone with information to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).