YORK, PA — A victim of a home invasion in Chanceford Township credits his dog with distracting one of the gunmen long enough to allow him to fight back and drive the intruders out.
Douglas E. Downs, 48, who is stricken with cellulitis and edema, said he and his caretaker, Andrew Boyd, 36, were held at gunpoint by two armed men, while two others waited outside early Tuesday morning.
The men blasted their way inside the home – shooting at the front door lock to break in – in the 3700 block of Brownton Road and demanded money, Downs and Boyd said.
But Peaches, a small, tan “jug” – Jack Russell terrier and pug mix – knew something wasn’t right, Downs said.
“She got around his feet,” Downs said. “Peaches was going bonkers around his feet and legs.”
It was enough of a distraction for Downs to reach into his chair and pull out a handgun. He shot one of the men several times in the chest and then in the head, he said. The wounded man and his accomplices sped away in a car.”