Homeowner loses dog in Durham break-in


Trina Matta needs the public's help in getting back her beloved dog that ran scared when thieves broke into her home.

"It's definitely been the worst experience of my life," Matta said.

On Oct. 15, burglars ransacked her Murray Avenue home and stole a computer and jewelry.

"I think they hacked into the back with a sledge hammer because it broke into two pieces. I'm assuming they made a lot of noise and just really scared her," Matta said.

Matta thinks that her dog Dahlia was so frightened by intruders that she slipped out a back gate. Neighbors saw Dahlia running down the street shortly after the break-in.

"I think she was trying to get away from them. She ran into the backyard but at some point they left the gate open," Matta said.

Dahlia has a microchip and a purple collar with her owner's phone number.

"Hopefully, eventually someone would take her to a vet and she would be found and they would contact me," Matta said.

Matta is moving to Atlanta on Saturday and hopes to have Dahlia home in time for the move. She is offering a reward for anyone who can bring back her beloved pet.

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