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Family dog survives Alliance home invasion

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Two men are in the Stark County jail, accused of invading the home of an elderly Alliance, Ohio man and cutting a dog's throat.

A 71-year-old man called 9-1-1 Wednesday morning and told police that masked men barged into his home on the 100 block of North Franklin Avenue killed his dog and then stole his truck.

When police arrived, the victim told officers that the intruders had held him at gunpoint, taking his wallet, prescription drugs, a television set, a blue ray player as well as other household items.

According to the report, one of the men used a knife to cut the throat of a 10 year-old Pomeranian named Bailey, that was staying at the home.

"I thought we were next and I think Bailey was very brave because he probably took blows we probably could have took," said Tara Cobb, who was also inside the home at the time.

According to the police report, the men also took the keys to the homeowner's truck, loaded up the stolen goods and drove away.

Police spotted the truck and gave chase, traveling at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour until the truck crashed into a utility pole.

The driver jumped out of the truck and ran with police following on foot. Another suspect was arrested at the scene of the crash.

Police captured the other suspect.

Both Alliance men, eighteen-year-old Joseph Avilucea and nineteen-year old Kameren Naugle are charged with kidnapping, burglary and robbery.

Naugle is also charged with fleeing and eluding police, reckless operation, felonious assault and driving without a license.

Avilucea also faces charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle and cruelty to animals.

Although police say Avilucea slashed the dog's throat, the family pet did not die.

The Stark County Humane Society placed Bailey in the hands of For Paws Blue Cross Animal Hospital in North Canton. As part of their "For Paws Project," the team of veterinarians perform surgery and medical treatment for the Humane Society each month.

After surgery, Bailey was able to be reunited with his the owner.

"It's just not right to do an animal like that, it's a living being, it's a living being God made everything on this earth and for them to do that to him is just not right, just not right," said Owner Deborah Toomer.

While there's no doubt that Bailey is one strong pup. His owner says, this is just his latest fight. Bailey was previously neglected and abused before being rescued and adopted from Animal Charity in Youngstown.

"People with animals, please cherish your animals, cherish your animals don't beat them, don't be cruel to them," said Toomer.

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