Dog Stabbed to Death by Intruder

21-year-old mother Sophie Davison had only been living in her Sunderland home for a few short months when she came home from visiting her grandmother in the hospital and found an unexpected and grisly sight waiting for her. Her “perfect” Yorkshire Terrier, Pippin, was lying dead on the floor in a pool of his own blood with knife wounds in his neck.

“It’s been horrific,” recalled Davison. “I opened the front door, and Tia [her 13-year-old Boxer-Mastiff mix] came skating across the floor to me. She’s old and has skin cancer, so this is not something she does. Then I found poor Pippin. He was surrounded by blood, and when I touched him, he was cold and stiff.”

Davison immediately called the police, who investigated the situation and announced it as aggravated burglary, despite the fact that nothing was stolen from the home.

“There’s [sic] no signs of a break-in either, so to think someone may have just let themselves in is terrifying,” said Davison, who has a baby son named Jensen at home to worry about. “I’m too scared to stay here now.”

According to a spokesperson for the Northumbria Police, the report of a deceased dog was called in around 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, and the investigation into who was responsible is still underway. Anyone who knows anything is encouraged to alert the local authorities.

“Officers attended the scene and discovered a dog that had sustained fatal injuries consistent with those of a stabbing,” said the spokesperson. “The homeowner was not home during the incident and it is believed that nothing was taken from the address.”

The mysterious situation has left way too many unanswered questions for Davison, who must live with the fear that the burglar may return along with the grief she feels over her lost companion.

“I am just hoping that sheds some light on who may have done this; I need to know,” said Davison. “I don’t understand how anyone can do such a horrific thing to an elderly dog who didn’t have a bad bone in his body.”

It’s hard to imagine why anyone would have a reason to hurt a poor innocent animal like Davison’s beloved Pippin, especially in such a gruesome manner. Our hearts go out to Davison and her family as they deal with this gutwrenching and terrifying situation.

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Elizabeth Morey graduated summa cum laude from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI, where she dual majored in English Literature and Spanish with minors in Writing and Business Administration. She was a member of the school's Insignis Honors Society and the president of the literary honors society Lambda Iota Tau.


Some of Elizabeth's special interests include Spanish and English linguistics, modern grammar and spelling, and journalism. She has been writing professionally for more than five years and specializes in health topics such as breast cancer, autism, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease. Apart from her work at GreaterGood, she has also written art and culture articles for the Grand Rapids Magazine.


Elizabeth has lived in the beautiful Great Lakes State for most of her life but also loves to travel. She currently resides a short drive away from the dazzling shores of Lake Michigan with her beloved husband.

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