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Middletown burglary prevented thanks to retired police K-9

Heidi, the German Shepherd, is a retired police canine so she's trained to attack in certain situations, and thanks to her, one family's belongings are safe (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Brett Hoffland) Heidi, the German Shepherd, is a retired police canine so she's trained to attack in certain situations, and thanks to her, one family's belongings are safe (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Brett Hoffland)
MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) -
A burglar stopped dead in their tracks after an encounter with man's best friend, and police say under normal circumstances this dog would have been put down.
 
Heidi, the German Shepherd, is a retired police canine so she's trained to attack in certain situations, and thanks to her, one family's belongings
are safe.
 
"Apparently they came in and walked around and the first thing they did was open the door and got a surprise," said Nick Combs.
 
Tuesday night, Nick and his family went out for dinner. When they got back home to the apartment, he says it looked like a bloody crime scene.
 
"Wife and kids come back first and the door's wide open and the dog was outside and they proceeded to enter it pretty much looked like the dog had been into it with somebody. I bet that person was trying their hardest to get to the front door because it looks like they were," said Combs.
 
The police report says that the suspect appears to have broken into the apartment on North Carmody Boulevard and was "bitten by Heidi several times" and "there was blood on the floor, blood on the couch, and several other spots in the residence".
 
"The dog stopped them from anything being taken, it looks like they left in a hurry. We think everything would have been gone," said Combs.
 
Officials say 5-year-old Heidi does have an injury to her nose, likely from the confrontation. The family is praising her as the hero thanks
in large part to her background as part of a police K-9 Unit.
 
"We don't let her around strangers that much because the whole purpose was for the house and she's just pretty rambunctious, she always has been,"said Combs.
 
The family says they were told normally Heidi would have to be put down because of the injuries she inflicted. However, according to police, because the German Shepherd has a history as police dog, the family can keep her.
 
Combs adds this is definitely a wake-up call.
 
"Now we won't even go outside for five minutes without locking the door. At night every little noise I hear I'm up because it does scare me with my kids being here because this neighborhood we hear a lot and we see a lot," said Combs.
 
Police have contacted the local Atrium Medical Center to see if anybody has come in for dog bites in the last two days, but have not tracked down the suspect.

If anyone knows anything about this case, contact the Middletown Police Department.
 
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