California police say two teen boys broke into a San Jose home and bludgeoned a family’s beloved 12-year-old Chihuahua to death with a golf club.
Eric McKenzie says his daughter found Sparky bleeding to death upstairs in their home just after 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Nothing was stolen from the home.
His other two dogs, Pokie and Moxie, were unharmed.
"We were looking around for the third dog," McKenzie told KNTV. "My daughter found him upstairs, laying on his side, whimpering, and pretty much unresponsive."
There was nothing a veterinarian could do for the Sparky and he was euthanized.
"We're devastated," McKenzie said.
Police say the suspects are ages 13 and 14. The boys were allegedly caught burglarizing another home in the neighborhood that evening. Authorities believe they are responsible for at least seven break ins.
They were charged with residential burglary and one was also charged with animal cruelty, according to Sgt. Heather Randol.
The boys stole small electronics from one of the homes and a box of Altoids from another, KTVU reported. Although they ransacked McKenzie's home, nothing was reported stolen.
"What was the purpose?" McKenzie asked. "To have fun? They didn't steal anything. I don't understand.
“Without Sparky around, there’ll be a hole in the house,” he added. “He was a member of the family. Very sad.”
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