Billings, Montana, Family Seeks Information and Reward Donations in the Death of Dog After Home Burglary
Sadie, an 8-year-old border collie / blue heeler mix, died Friday, June 8, 2012, from injuries sustained during a home burglary. The intruder / would-be thief injured Sadie so badly that she had to be euthanized. Her family — Kori and Randy Clark of Billings, Montana — seek information about the crime. We offered by phone this morning to help them raise funds for the reward. Details below, including information way at the bottom about how to contact local officials to ask them to help the Clarks see this case through to its rightful conclusion.
*** UPDATE June 28, 2012 ***
The reward fund is up to $10,000. Still no arrests.
The family is already offering a $1,000 reward for information, but we’d like to get that number up, Up, UP to motivate the people who know something to speak up!
If you’d like to contribute to the reward being offered for information leading to the identification / arrest / conviction of the suspect, here is what the family has asked:
- Make checks payable to Kori Clark or Randy Clark.
- Send checks by postal mail to 2033 Colton Blvd, Billings, MT 59102.
- Please include your name and mailing address so that the family can send thank you notes and updates about the case.
Should the reward NOT be used, if the case doesn’t proceed, then the Clarks will donate the money collected to the local animal shelter in Billings, Montana.
(Saturday, June 16 UPDATE)
There is a new way to add money to the reward fund online with a credit card ($5 minimum).
Any and All Information About the Burglary or Suspect(s) Sought
Please share this with anyone you know who lives anywhere near Billings, Montana. Perhaps someone saw something, heard something the day of or even after the crime, including someone with new injuries that look like dog bites or scratches.
Anyone with information can contact:
- The Clark family at 406-598-7829
- Crimestoppers at 406-245-6660
- Billings police detectives at 406- 657-8473
Details on the Crime Itself
The Clarks and police believe the crime happened between 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Friday, June 8, 2012. The suspect(s) used a dog door to enter into an enclosed former patio that the Clarks joke is a combination home “sports bar” and “Sadie’s big dog house.”
We can only assume that Sadie defended herself and her home. We can only HOPE that she landed a few good bites or scratches in the process because her injuries included:
- Bloody left paws
- Broken toenails
- Torn diaphragm
- Ruptured liver
- Broken sternum
We’re no experts, but that sure sounds like the suspect(s) kicked her hard and repeatedly. It breaks the family’s hearts and ours.
Randy came home from work early Friday. The family and police believe the sound of his diesel truck pulling up to the house scared off the suspect(s) before they could do more than fatally injure Sadie and tear the one room to pieces.
All Hail Sadie
So, join us in adding money to the reward fund and in spreading this news far and wide via social media so that Sadie’s killer can be brought to justice.
She was 8 years old and the family’s only dog. The Clarks brought her home when she was just 5 weeks old. They loved her every day of her life and will continue to love her now that she has crossed over.
All of us at Champion of My Heart are so sorry for their loss.
Another Miracle, Please
Those in the dog community who are active on social media know that we’ve already seen one miracle this week when Elicia Calhoun was reunited with her border collie Tobie, after that terrible, terrible car crash in Arizona that killed two of her other dogs and injured the rest.
Let’s see if we can make something good happen for the Clarks as well.
Some have asked me to gather information on the local officials who may have some sway to support this case being seen through to its rightful conclusion. Here is what I’ve found so far.
Let’s be respectful and polite in our requests, friends. It’s enough to say that we are:
- Aware of this case
- Monitoring the outcome
- Hoping these folks will do what they can to help the Clarks find justice
Billings Police Chief
Rich St. John
220 N 27th St
PO Box 1554
Billings, MT 58101
Billings District Attorney
Scott Twito, Yellowstone County Attorney
217 North 27th Street, Room 701
Billings, MT 59101
Thomas W. Hanel
PO Box 1178
Billings, MT 59103
Montana Legislature Representative
(for the Clark’s district 56)
5414 Walter Hagen Dr
Billings, MT 59106-1007
*I’m sorry. I could not find an email for Mr. Roberts.