A family dog is recovering after being beaten by burglars with a wooden baseball bat.
Chester, a four-year-old Chihuahua, underwent reconstructive surgery after his jaw was broken in half.
The dog's owner, Kristin Broadway, said two men broke into her home Monday on Palmetto Avenue in downtown Sanford while she was out doing errands.
"If they would do that to him, what would they have done if I would have walked in...I could only imagine," said Broadway.
Broadway said the crooks got away with her television, jewelry, laptop and camera around 9 a.m. Monday morning. She said several of her neighbors saw the burglars, but no one called police.
"Another neighbor thought that maybe it was lawn service with a big truck," said Broadway. "It's a reasonable thing to think."
Neighbors described the burglars as two men, who were driving a champagne colored truck with an extended cab and loud muffler.
Broadway said two days after her house was hit, her neighbors down the block had their home broken into while they were at work.
"We just need to look out for each other and look out for our neighbors more," said Broadway. "If you see something you think is a little bit suspicious, a little odd, just call."
Chester is expected to make a full recovery.
Broadway said the burglars cut themselves when they were climbing through the back window and used boxers from her laundry basket to wipe up the blood. The boxers were taken into evidence by investigators.
Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call the Sanford Police Department.