Lil Bitt goes long way to stop break-in

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Lil Bitt, an 11-month-old toy dachshund, licks his owner, Jerry Martin of Texico. The doge alerted Martin to a break-in early Sunday.

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

TEXICO — When Jerry and Elaine Martin first heard their toy dachshund barking excitedly about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, they dismissed it and tried to go back to sleep. But then they heard a voice in the living room of their Texico home.

“We kept hearing ‘sweet Jesus,’” followed by a string of expletives,” Elaine Martin said.

“My little dog come unglued — he started barking real bad and growling,” Jerry Martin said. “He crawled on my head and I told him to get ’em, and I grabbed the shotgun.”

The Martins soon discovered an intoxicated man, clad only in socks and underwear, stuck in a small window through which he was attempting to enter the residence.

“He didn’t say a word to me. I told him he was in the wrong spot at the wrong time — he was pretty well loaded,” Jerry Martin said.

As her husband held the gun on the intruder, Elaine Martin held the 5-pound dog — Lil Bitt — and called police.

She said the man wobbled as he worked to stand still with his hands perched on top of his head.

“He was real drunk. How he didn’t kill himself is beyond me,” she said.

Lt. Juan Martinez, a public information officer for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, said the man was not charged.

“It was kind of funny once it was settled. We could see the humor in it,” Elaine Martin said.