Lifestyle Pets Thieves Douse Dog in Drano During Michigan Home Invasion The senior dog needs constant care to treat the injuries to her eyes and skin By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 19, 2016 06:19 PM Share Tweet Pin Email A Hamtramck, Michigan, woman returned home on Friday to find both her home and dog damaged by cruel thieves. Sarah Birkel entered her home after work and immediately noticed the unusual odor of bleach. Scanning her home, she also realized that her belongings had been moved and that the back door was open, reports WXYZ. The house had been robbed. Sadly, that was not the worst offense. Her senior dog, Abbey, approached her, covered in some kind of liquid and with a limp in her step. After noticing an empty bottle of Drano in the kitchen, a large stain on the floor and a broken broom, Birkel determined the thieves also beat the innocent 14-year-old canine and then doused the pup in Drano. The robbers took the jewelry Birkel had in her bedroom, but that is replaceable. The caretaker is devastated over the abuse Abbey had to endure alone. After finding the dog, Birkel immediately rushed her beloved pet to the emergency vet, where professionals began treatment on the dog’s eyes and multiple chemical burns. Abbey now needs around-the-clock care to help her heal from the damage the Drano inflicted on her vision, skin and internal organs. Detroit Dog Rescue is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who has information on Abbey’s abusers. Anyone with this information should call the Hamtramck Police at 313-876-7800.