Funds Raised for German Shepherd Stabbed in Buffalo Grove Home Invasion

Funds Raised for German Shepherd Stabbed in Buffalo Grove Home Invasion

The German Shepherd had to undergo a costly surgery following an Aug. 10 attack. Four family members were also stabbed in the home invasion.

By: Amie Schaenzer (Patch Staff) – August 15, 2016 3:22 p, ET

A Buffalo Grove woman set up an online fund-raising campaign to help cover the costs of vet bills for a German Shepherd stabbed during a home a invasion last week in Buffalo Grove. Four family members were also stabbed during the attack and the GoFundMe page was setup to help alleviate some of the costs that family is now facing following the attack.

“In no way do we want to insinuate that the family pet is more important than the family members, (whose) hospital bills will be enough of a burden,” according to a message posted on the GoFundMe page. “We just want to help with the vet bills so they have one less thing to worry about.”

Piston, the family’s German Shepherd, underwent a costly surgery following the Aug. 8 attack at a home in the 400 block of St. Mary’s Parkway in Buffalo Grove on Aug. 10. Jacob William Beeman, 29, of Arkdale, Wisconsin, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, home invasion and aggravated animal cruelty in connection with the home invasion.

His bail was set at $2 million on Friday.

In total, 215 people made donations over four days to raise $7,758 for the Buffalo Grove family to help pay for Piston’s vet bills. Piston has already undergone a surgery for injuries to the dog’s shoulder. That surgery is estimated to cost more than $6,000.

Police believe Beeman carried out the attack inside the home in Buffalo Grove shortly after midnight on Aug. 10, which left four family members, ranging in ages from 16 to 47, with stab wounds. The 47-year-old homeowner retrieved a gun from the home, and Beeman fled the scene, police said.

  • Four Family Members, Dog Stabbed in Buffalo Grove Home Invasion

“The investigation revealed that Beeman believed there was a quantity of cash and drugs in the home,” Bethge said. Beeman told investigators another man told him there would be drugs and money in the house, according to prosecutors.

Victims in the attack told police a second person was reportedly outside the residence. Police are continuing to try to determine the identity of that second person.

“Buffalo Grove Police remain confident that this was not a random act and that there is no threat to the community,” Bethge said.

Four of the family members who were stabbed were taken to the hospital following the attack. Three were treated and released, and the 47-year-old homeowner, who suffered the most serious injuries, remained hospitalized as of Friday, according to police.

 

Time has come when we can no longer feel protected just by having a dog in the home. We need to protect our home an our pets with a monitored alarm system!

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