A group of burglars broke into a Long Island home and killed the family's three-legged dog as it tried to race out the door, police say.
Four to five men tried to break into a house on Montauk Highway near Doane Avenue in North Bellport Thursday afternoon, but were confronted by four adults inside the home at the time, according to Suffolk police.
The residents tried to push the door back against the burglars, but were sprayed in the face with a chemical substance, authorities said.
As the victims managed to start closing the door, the family dog, an 11-year-old three-legged pit bull named Sarah, raced out, police said. The suspects shot the dog with a small caliber handgun and ran away.
Sarah died from her wound.
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Nothing was taken in the burglary attempt, and no one else was hurt. Police are looking for the suspects, who had their faces partially covered.