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Winnipeg police are investigating a residential break-in involving hate-related vandalism and an attack on a dog in the Grassie neighbourhood.
Officers responded to a call about a break-in at a house at 5:45 p.m. Monday. The home near Grassie Boulevard in northeast Winnipeg was vandalized and numerous walls throughout the house were spray-painted with graffiti and hate-related messages, police said Wednesday.
Residents were not home at the time of the break-in. However, a dog who lived in the house was taken to a veterinarian for treatment.
"We're investigating the fact that there was a break-in to this residence, that there was graffiti spraying within the home, some of which contains hate-related messages, and a dog was injured," Winnipeg Police Service Const. Jay Murray said.
"We understand the dog suffered some serious injuries but should make a full physical recovery."
A social media post from a person claiming to be the dog's owner said the dog, named Petey, had been beaten and stabbed.
"They destroyed the inside of our home. Petey defending our home was severely injured. He was beat with a baseball bat and stabbed deeply three times with a butcher knife. Physically he will survive. Mentally will take time," the post stated.
"The home... almost all material things have been destroyed. Material items can be replaced. Hate slogans painted on walls. The police have determined it to be a personal hate crime."
Murray said an important distinction to be made is, in Canada, a "hate crime" is not an offence people can be charged with, but hate-related activities can be taken into consideration by a judge in court.
"A hate crime is an aggravating factor in sentencing," Murray said, noting: "There's hate-related messages within this incident."
In this case, breaking and entering and mischief would be among the charges police could levy on the perpetrators.
"It's very uncommon for us to see incidents of this nature in city of Winnipeg," Murray said. "An important thing to note here is that the investigation is still unfolding, and we don't know the nature of the incident at this time."
The major crimes unit is investigating and anyone with information is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
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