A MOAMA family’s pet dog has saved the day after scaring away intruders last week.
Sixteen-year-old Cocker Spaniel Harry started barking and howling after he was woken up by someone trying to break into the Blair St townhouse at 1.38am on Friday.
Owner Kellie Wright and her young daughter were upstairs asleep when they were woken up by his loud warning.
‘‘They came through the back alley into the back yard and broke into the garage and opened my car, but Harry did not hear a thing as he is mostly deaf,’’ she said.
‘‘But when they walked up to the back terrace sliding door, directly in front of Harry’s sleeping position, he started barking.
‘‘I have never heard him so angry.’’
By the time Kellie came downstairs, the would-be burglars had fled, leaving behind some handprints on the sliding door.
‘‘It’s absolutely creepy to know someone was on the premises and prepared to break in,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m just so lucky Harry did what he did.’’
Moama police are investigating, with crime scene officers testing for fingerprints on Friday.
Kellie also praised the help of Echuca police who attended on the night after there was no answer from Moama police.
‘‘I couldn’t fault them. They were here within minutes,’’ she said.
Kellie urged other residents to be vigilant after being given some advice on improving her home security, which she said she would take on board.
‘‘I’m going to get some sensor lights and CCTV,’’ she said.
In the meantime, Kellie will be buying her loving companion, who she now calls Dirty Harry, some of his favourite treats as a well-earned reward.
‘‘He’s an old dog with some new tricks,’’ she laughed.