A 2-year-old miniature Schnauzer named Oreo is being called a hero after saving his owner from a stalker who had broken into her home and was hiding in her bedroom.
The story began on Wednesday, April 10, when Laura Bolen and her boyfriend, a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer attended a hockey game. Oreo was placed in his crate while they were gone. When the two returned home to her Texas Township, Michigan home around 1:30 a.m., Laura noticed Oreo was acting suspiciously. He also had a dog biscuit in his crate that Laura knew she hadn’t left for him.
As it turns out, Laura had a stalker from her job working at the U.S. Post Office in Kalamazoo. The man was detained by her boyfriend, who had an off-duty hand gun and kept the stalker at bay until the police arrived.
The police also found a GPS tracking device attached to her car. Kalamazoo Undersheriff Pali Matyas believes the suspect was also responsible for this device, saying the man had been stalking her for an undetermined length of time.
Laura is very thankful to her little dog, whom she’s had since he was a pup. She’s also glad her boyfriend happened to be there and have his weapon on him. In a report to MLive News, Laura stated “If Oreo hadn’t gone downstairs, I would’ve gone right to bed and thought everything was alright.”
The stalker/burglar was armed with duct tape and a knife and was arrested on charges of stalking and home invasion. His name has not been released pending his arraignment.
Oreo is now getting extra treats as a reward to his bravery. And Laura’s father has installed deadbolt locks to ensure her safety.