Dog that escaped during home invasion near USF put down after being hit by car

Posted at 4:00 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 23:11:41-04

A Tampa woman is mourning the loss of her beloved pet after she escaped from a house during a home invasion late last week.

Ashley Broderick told ABC Action News that her German Shephard/Chow mix got out after someone busted in her door and fired shots at her roommate.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office tells us the woman's hands were put in zip-ties while someone targeted her roommate. The sheriff's office believes it was not random, and the case is still an open investigation.

While Broderick was tied up, and a gun to her head, she was told to stare at the ground while three men went through the house looking for jewelry.

"When I didn't see her in the yard and I didn't see her in the house, I was like 'she's gone,'" said Broderick.

Rose, a rescue dog, had been with Broderick for the past six years.

"My biggest concern is my dog, because she needs me just as much as I need her," she said.

Broderick said Rose took off towards the USF or University Mall area. 

Late Monday night, sources tell ABC Action News that after Rose escaped, she was hit by a car. Her injuries were so bad, they had to put her down.