Sammy’s owner says his lab saved the day from house burglars

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Sammy the lab drove off would-be house burglars. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

SEATTLE  —  If it’s true that every dog has his day, then you could say Monday was all Sammy’s.

His owner says he saved the day.

It started around 5 p.m. Monday when Sammy’s owner realized his car had been broken into.

“I noticed my driver-side window was smashed in and realized the garage door opener was stolen and the registration out of the glove box was taken as well,” said the victim, who was away from home when his car was burglarized.

That’s also when he realized the thieves were probably headed for his home.

“To be honest, I was mostly worried about Sammy my lab. I was just concerned that they would get in the house and harm him.”

He said he filed a police report at the Park-and-Ride just off 145th and headed straight home.

"Immediately I can see that the door had been kicked in. There was wood splintered and shattered everywhere.  They kicked through the door, they came to the top of the stairs and Sammy confronted them and they immediately left after that."

He said neighbors who heard the commotion and Sammy barking called 911 and even snapped a few photos of two men and a woman fleeing the scene.

In the end, nothing was stolen -- and nobody got by Sammy.

The victim is hopeful others will heed his warning, "I learned that you shouldn't put your garage opener within sight.  I hadn't considered that possibility. And  if at all possible, lock up your registration, because that's a means for them to get back to your house."

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