Woman says dog saved her

August 24, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Hagerstown resident Bambi Aydelotte said she was just a few feet from the would-be burglar who began shooting in her home late Sunday.

The only thing between them was the barking, snarling family dog named Droe, who took a bullet to the chest and survived, she said.

Aydelotte said she was preparing for bed Sunday at about 10:40 p.m., as her fiance and her two children, ages 7 and 8, had already done. As she got a glass of water in the kitchen, with her 3-year old Rottweiler-Doberman pinscher mix at her side, a man began kicking in the rear door of the house at 43 Alexander St.


The man then began firing a handgun and left after striking Droe in the chest.

"It all happened so fast. It was dark and just so fast," Aydelotte said.

Aydelotte said she believes the dog saved her from being shot because it got between her and the shooter.

"That dog is my shadow. I just thank God he was there," Aydelotte said.

A neighbor drove the dog, which was able to walk on its own to a waiting pickup truck after being shot, to Park Circle Animal Hospital. Aydelotte said Droe was being kept there Monday and was doing well despite the bullet wound.

Aydelotte, pregnant with her third child, also sought treatment following the incident. Aydelotte said she began having pre-term labor pains and was taken to Washington County Hospital.

Aydelotte said she was released Monday morning.

Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Curtis Wood said investigators were working on the case Monday afternoon. Wood said the department believes the incident was a botched burglary attempt at the house, which is surrounded by a tall fence.

Wood said no charges were filed and no arrests were made by Monday.

He declined to release additional information.

In the meantime, Aydelotte, her fiance and the children decided to stay with family for a while. She said they felt safer being away from the house.

"The kids don't want to stay there. They don't want to go home," she said.

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