CLYDE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Two dogs were killed while trying to protect their owner during a home invasion Tuesday morning in Clyde Township, according to the Allegan County Undersheriff Frank Baker.
Baker said two suspects armed with knives broke into a woman's home in the 4800 block of 118th Avenue at about 8:45 a.m. The woman told FOX 17 that she noticed a man walking around outside her home shortly before the incident.
She said after her husband left the house, the man broke into her home with an accomplice.
"They confronted her inside the residence," said Baker. "One of the suspects held her down to the couch while the other suspect went through the home, kind of ransacking it."
The dogs, a German shepherd named Marley and Fatty, a black Labrador, were hysterical and barked at the suspects repeatedly. One even tried to attack the suspect.
"Unfortunately during the course of that, one of the suspects actually stabbed and killed both of the dogs," said Baker.
Marley was pronounced dead at the scene, and Fatty died after being taken to a veterinarian.
The woman was not injured during the incident.
The suspects fled the scene in a small silver passenger car, according to the sheriff's department.
The suspects were wearing dark clothing, gloves and masks at the time of the break-in.
"One of the suspects may have injuries consistent with being scratched and bitten by a dog," a release from the sheriff's department said.
No other description of the suspects was provided.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Allegan County Sheriff's Department at 269-673-0500.