Real-life superhero dog Zorro is stabbed twice in the belly and left for dead after defending his owners’ home from suspected burglars
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- A dog was viciously attacked and left for dead in a suspected burglary in Crewe
- Four-year-old Zorro was found by his owner lying lifeless in the back garden
- He was operated on and a crowdfunding page was set up to help pay the costs
A real-life superhero dog called ‘Zorro’ was left for dead after it was stabbed by suspected burglars while protecting its owner’s house.
Matthew Smith, 26, of Crewe, returned home from a trip to the park with his children and discovered his dog Zorro lying lifeless in the back garden, cold and covered in blood.
The four-year-old pet had been stabbed twice in the belly after the family accidentally left the patio unlocked, and the family suspect it was by wannabee thieves.
Leon (left), seven, and Ella (right), one, with their dog, Zorro, who was viciously attacked
Zorro was found by his owner lying lifeless in the back garden, cold and covered in blood
Horrified Matthew scooped up lifeless Zorro and rushed him to the vets, who warned he was unlikely to survive an operation.
But the dog pulled through, and now police are investigating the stabbing.
Dad-of-two Matthew said: ‘I think he was trying to protect the house. He is very protective and loyal.
‘We don’t think the burglar got into the house. Nothing was missing.
‘They didn’t take anything from the shed either, so we do wonder if they could have been trying to take the dog. We’ll never know.
‘I noticed something was wrong when I put out the kids left over tea for Zorro and he didn’t come for it which was very unusual.
‘I went to see what he was doing and he was lying on our grass lifeless, very cold and covered in blood.
‘The vets initially thought euthanasia was the only option due to the blood loss but they did say that they could try to operate but couldn’t say whether they would be able to save him.
The four-year-old pet had been stabbed twice in the belly after the family accidentally left the patio unlocked
Horrified Matthew scooped up his pet and rushed him to the vets, who warned he was unlikely to survive an operation. Pictured: Zorro after the operation
‘They said it would be very expensive but Zorro is family not just a possession and you can’t put a price on saving a life.
‘He’s doing fantastic now, getting back to his bouncy happy self, but we are desperate to catch whoever did this to him.’
Zorro was attacked in the back garden when Matthew took children Leon, seven, and Ella, one, to the park for a walk and a game of football for around 40 minutes.
They accidentally left the patio door open, and returned home at 6.30pm on May 6 to find lifeless Zorro in the garden.
Worried Matthew called for help, wrapped the dog in a towel and drove him to the vets for an emergency operation.
Worried Matthew called for help, wrapped the dog in a towel (pictured) and drove him to the vets for an emergency operation
‘The vets had to get other staff who were not on call to come in to assist and we were told that they were still cleaning up the blood from Zorro after midnight,’ he said.
The family, who were left with a £1,900 vets bill and unable to pay, asked if friends and relatives would help out through a Just Giving page.
In a matter of days they received £1,658 in donations – some from strangers.
‘The response of the public has been outstanding,’ he said.
A spokesperson for Cheshire Police, said: ‘At 8pm on Sunday 6 May officers were called to reports that a dog had been injured outside an address on Moreton Road in Crewe.
‘The caller reported that the incident had taken place at approximately 6.45pm while the dog was in a secure garden.
‘The dog was taken to a local vet who stated that they believed the injury had been caused by a knife or similar article.
‘Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.
‘Anyone with information is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 56608, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.’
Zorro – Spanish for ‘Fox’ – is a fictional vigilante who defends people against criminals.
Zorro – Spanish for ‘Fox’ – is a fictional vigilante who defends people against criminals
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