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Smash and grab suspects take $3k put aside for dog's life-saving cancer surgery

WORCESTER, Mass. -- A smash and grab at a Worcester home leaves the family living there devastated.

Nobody was home, just the family dog Prince, and he couldn’t help because he has cancer.

The worst part of this all, Melissa Horstman said, is that the stolen money was for live-saving surgery for Prince.

“They hurt my dog, they took the money for his surgery,” she said.

Surveillance video shows two thieves walking out of the front door of this Horstman’s Wigwam Hill Drive home with their arms full Thursday night.

“I turned the blinds on and there was glass all over the floor, all over my dog all over his blanket,” Horstman said. “I called the police, waited for them to come.”

The thieves mad off with more than $3,000, jewelry and a high-end speaker.

Police are now reviewing the footage, although it’s hard to make out a face.

One neighbor told Boston 25 News she was home at the time of the burglary, but didn’t realize what was happening.

“I thought I just heard someone--be it walking their dog, you know…talk, that’s all, just blah blah, that's it,” Louise, who asked not to have her last name used for her safety, said.

In the video, a white SUV can be seen just before and again shortly after the items were taken, and Horstman is hopeful that helps catch the people responsible. Two neighbors say a similar burglary happened next door this time last year.

“They're just going to do this repeatedly to more people, no one deserves this,” she said.

Horstman said her dog only has a few months left to live without the surgery. A GoFundMe has been started to help raise the money needed.

So far, police tell Boston 25 News there have been no arrests.

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