Missing dog found after reported break-in
A Gardnerville Ranchos family found one of their four dogs dead in their driveway after they believe someone tried to break into their home on New Year’s Eve.
The Hyden family reported to deputies that their gate was open and the screen door to the room where the dogs lived was off the track when they came home after a New Year’s celebration.
One of the dogs, Maggie, was located near Kimmerling Road and Highway 88 on Sunday after someone found one of the flyers the Hyden family put up.
Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Jobs Peak Drive home at 1 a.m. Sunday where resident James Hyden told them the family went out at 8:30 p.m. for a New Year’s Eve party.
After finding one dog dead, Hyden went into his backyard and found two of his dogs.
He said the screen door wasn’t the way he left it, and that the gate on the chain-link fence was open, according to the sheriff’s report.
Hyden told deputies that he thinks someone came into the backyard while he and the family were away and tried to break in.
He told deputies the dog that died would have tried to chase the would-be burglars out of the yard.
Hyden told deputies the dog was run over, and that he believed whoever tried to break into his house was responsible. The deputy said he couldn’t find any additional signs of burglary, and the family didn’t find anything missing.