Sparky Electronics Owner Talks About Flash

Sparky Electronics Owner Talks About Flash

The owner of Sparky Electronics in Fresno is opening up about the death of her dog, who was brutally attacked by burglars.
The owner of Sparky Electronics in Fresno is opening up about the death of her dog, who was brutally attacked by burglars.

Cheryl Cook is emotional when talking about her dog "Flash."

"She'd be 10 next month. I've had her since she was a baby," Cook said.

In October 2013 thieves broke into her electronics store. She says they beat flash so severely, the dog lost an eye.

"They must have opened the back doors going into the warehouse which is where Flash was. And she must have startled them. She's not a mean dog. If anything she would have gotten a toy and brought a toy to them," Cook said.

Cook says after the attack Flash returned to her normal self and was recovering well. She says Flash enjoyed all of the people who came to the store to meet her and see how she was recovering.

But recently Flash's health deteriorated.

"A couple of months ago she had some breathing problems and I took her in for x-rays of the chest and they found that she had a bullet in between her shoulder blades in her back," Cook said.

Cook had no idea Flash was shot. She says vets never found an entry wound in the many doctors visits they had after the attack. But she is sure Flash was shot during the burglary and that it ultimately caused the dog's death.

"Thursday when the doctor called me there was really no chance. The pneumonia had gotten worse. We decided to put her down. We couldn't put her threw anymore pain," Cook said.

Cook had Flash cremated.

Since the attack she upgraded the stores security and she never left Flash or her other dog in the store alone.

The case is still open and police are still looking for whoever broke in and attacked Flash.

"They need to be brought to justice. I'll take it as far as I have to take it. If it goes to court I will fight for my dog," Cook said.

Anyone with information on the attack can call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP and remain anonymous.

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