Police, neighbours and other local residents are appealing for information after an elderly woman's pet dog was badly injured during a burglary in Bromsgrove.
It happened at a house on Hanbury Road on 2 September between 17.15 and 19.15, while the owner was out.
The eight-year-old collie dog, named Kiri, was inside the house at the time of the break-in. She was attacked by the burglar before they got away with a purse containing cash.
– Detective Sergeant Ed Slough, West Mercia Police
"The dog was attacked quite viciously and villagers have been so incensed and shocked by this incident that they have got together to put up a reward to help catch whoever did it. We really need people to come forward if they remember anything at all that could help our investigation or give us a name if they know or think they know who was responsible."
The attack has left the dog in danger of losing one of her eyes. She also has to wear a special lampshade collar following the attack. Kiri's owner, who does not want to be identified, is appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
– Kiri's owner
"This has come as a real shock and I am gutted by what has happened to Kiri. She is my daily companion and all I am concerned about at the moment. I can't believe anyone could be so heartless and cruel to an animal. It has made me very nervous about going out and leaving her alone. Kiri appears to be fearful and is following me everywhere about the house as if she needs constant reassurance. It's terrible and I just hope someone can come forward with information to help the police catch the burglar."
Anyone with information should contact West Mercia Police.