OKC Police: Dogs Scare Off Burglar At Animal Clinic


Wednesday, March 30th 2016, 8:23 pm
By: News 9


Police are working to identify a man caught on camera trying to break into an animal clinic in broad daylight just after 6 p.m. on March 25. Surveillance shows him shattering a window before getting spooked by the dogs inside.

At any given time, you could meet seven or eight dogs, most of them misfits, at the Healing Hands Animal Wellness Clinic on 39th and Penn -- the one-eyed Chihuahua, a deaf German shepherd, this paralyzed pooch and a 16-year-old teddy bear named Tunes.

Tunes and the others were OK with the News 9 cameras Wednesday, but that wasn't the case when a man tried to break in to the clinic Friday.

Oklahoma City Police hope you'll recognize him. Cameras caught crystal clear images of the man busting out a back window.

Police said the alarm was triggered and Dr. Kimberly Weiss's dogs sounded off too. “If we’re not here they go into protection mode,” Dr. Weiss said. “They’re going to spring into action and you know, you’re on my territory and we don’t like it!”

After about seven minutes, the suspect apparently didn't like it either. Spooked by the alarm and the animals, he bailed.

Now the clinic window is boarded up ahead of an expensive repair. But the oddballs are getting extra praise for taking care of their territory.

About two weeks ago, police said not far from Healing Hands Animal Wellness Clinic there was another reported burglary at Classen View Veterinary Hospital. Police said a bottle of the street drug 'Special K' or Kenalog was taken. But at this point, investigators said it’s impossible to know if the two incidents are related.