Pet squirrel credited with protecting home from burglar

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

When she arrived, she was greeted by Joey, and a bit startled, she asked Pearl if the squirrel might bite her.

Homeowner Adam Pearl found himself the victim of a robbery on Tuesday when he came home and noticed that things were not quite right - first, footprints in the snow leading from the driveway around to the back of the house, and then when he got inside saw several doors open that are usually closed.

An Idaho man returned home to discover his pet squirrel had protected his home from would-be burglars while he was away.

"I saw scratches that were around the locking area", he said".


The Meridian Police Department says a juvenile entered a home last week and told police after later being arrested that a squirrel attacked him when he tried to break into a gun safe.

Pearl responded by calling the Meridian Police Department, which sent out officer Ashley Turner to investigate.

Officer Turner went on her way, only to return a few hours later with some of Pearl's stolen belongings and some unbelievable news. "That's just Joey, pet squirrel, ya know?"

While the officer was questioning the suspect, she noticed he had scratches on his hands, according to Pearl. "She says, 'Whoa, what was that?' And I said, 'Ahhh, don't worry about that, that's just Joey, my pet squirrel'".


Joey is now being hailed as a hero.

"Nobody can believe it because who can say they have a squirrel that guards their house? And she says, 'Whoa, what was that?'" Pearl said, adding his reply. Which is insane. You can't ask for much more than that...

He said he thanked joey by giving him his favorite treat, Whopper candy.


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