WARNING: the following story contains images of blood splatter that some may consider graphic.
A Virginia family recently got back from vacation, expecting their house to be in the same shape that they left it—unfortunately for them, however, it seems that someone decided to pay their home a visit while they were gone. They arrived to a household with walls covered in blood, like something out of a horror movie.
The family didn’t quite put the pieces together at first, although they said there had been a string of break ins recently in their neighborhood. They came home on a Thursday night to this gruesome scene, and it wasn’t until a few minutes later that they realized what happened.
Apparently while they were gone, a burglar broke into their house, but immediately regretted his decision when he saw the family’s German Shepherd waiting inside, ready for battle. The dog sprung into action and tore the thief to shreds, splattering blood all along the house’s walls as the thief struggled to escape. Officials say he was lucky to get away alive.
“We didn’t see anything wrong at the front door,” said Tristan Murrin, the first person to approach the scene of the crime. Once they walked inside, however, they realized that something had gone terribly wrong. We noticed something when we walked in, when I walked in with my mother and there was blood spots on the ground,” Murrin said.
“We looked up stairs and you see trails of blood coming from upstairs going all the way down,” she added. The entire upstairs was covered in blood, but interestingly enough the family’s dog has never been known to be vicious—in fact, quite the opposite. The family’s German Shepherd is loved by all the neighborhood children.
“He plays with the kids, the cul-de-sac knows him…they know him as big dog, the community loves him, the kids come up to him and want to touch him and play with him,” she said. While German Shepherds are known for their amiable nature, one mustn’t underestimate what they’ll do when their territory is threatened. ABC 8 reports:
Murrin says nothing was stolen, and that he is thankful his dog was not hurt, but also happy that the dog stood his ground.
“I think the dog did its job. He knew that someone was not supposed to be in my house and no one was home and he knows that he wasn’t supposed to be in there and he was doing something that he wasn’t supposed to be doing and so he knew to act upon it,” said Murrin.
Here is video of the story from WRIC ABC 8.
Police suspect that the intruder needed serious medical help due to the blood seen throughout the home, and are hoping that a nearby hospital will tip them off as to who the burglar was. No one has been identified or arrested yet, but if you have any information you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.