On Thursday, a German Sheppard named Rex took three bullets to protect his 16-year-old owner, Javier, from two burglars.
Responding officers, which included a SWAT team, did find a smashed sliding door when they approached the home to inspect the scene, Kiro 7 reported.
According to Q13 Fox, police in Des Moines, Washington just south of Seattle, say 16-year-old Javier Mercado hid in a closet and called 9-1-1 when he heard people breaking into his home Wednesday.
Rex was covered in blood when he came back upstairs. "He continued relaying everything he heard on the phone with dispatch".
"Rex's instinct to protect his home and his best friend, took him downstairs and he attacked the burglars".
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'If it wasn't for him, I feel like I wouldn't be standing here right now'.
"My dog cries after each shot", he added to Q13. "And I heard them scream out, 'let's get out of here, '" Javier said. The dog bit me! He was struck in the neck, leg and knee, yet managed to survive.
"We have exceeded the goal and we just wanted to assure you that all the money will go toward Rex's medical expenses and his recovery", Cadena wrote in a February 23 update. Javier's aunt, Susy Cadena, explained in a GoFundMe campaign that has raised more than $24,000 to help with Rex's medical expenses how fiercely the dog fought to protect her nephew. "Please, our family cannot let Rex the hero dog go without us fighting as hard as he did, to his very last bit of a strength while protecting my nephew".
The dog then ran back upstairs as the intruders ransacked the rooms downstairs.
She continues to explain what happened during the incident, saying that the burglars first cruelly beat Rex before eventually shooting him.
"Sadly they shot Rex 4 times and finally Rex, the hero dog gave up in his battle". The burglars ran from the scene after police entered the neighborhood.