True Loyalty: Hero Dog Is Shot Four Times But Manages To Save Teen Owner

Date March 22, 2019

Once a German shepherd was shot multiple times and severely beaten as it did all it could to protect its 16-year-old owner, Javier, from two men who broke into their home in Des Moines, Washington.

The burglars came in the middle of the night

Javier’s aunt, Susy Cadena, said he initially called 911 and tried to hide in the closet with his beloved dog, but Rex was determined to protect him and rushed downstairs to where the intruders were. She wrote:

Both of the burglars struggled and beat him up with whatever they could. Rex stormed back to the upstairs floor all beat up and bloody from the beating to check on his master who was still hiding in the closet.


As they entered the room where my nephew was hiding in the closet, Rex came out with the little strength he had left in him and threw himself at them as he knew my nephew was in danger.

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Sadly they shot Rex 4 times and finally, the hero dog gave up in his battle. It was the sirens that drove the burglars away.


My nephew was protected by his eternal friend until the last bit of strength he had in him to do what his unconditional, loving instinct told him to.


A truly loyal dog

The 2½-year-old dog, Rex, was shot through the neck and legs trying to protect his owner, Javier, who hid in an upstairs closet after he heard noises and glass shattering downstairs. By the time police arrived, intruders were already gone.

After spending nearly an hour in the closet, Javier felt it’s finally safe to come out. He then received a call telling him that his dog Rex is still alive. However, he was dangerously injured, with gunshot wounds to his neck and legs that required surgery.

Dog's family raised money to save him

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The joy that the dog survived, however, was followed by the worry that they don’t have the money to pay for Rex’s medical bills.

It didn’t take long for family, friends, and the community to open a fundraiser for Rex, who is now called The Hero Dog. On Friday, Rex successfully overcame his first surgery.

Let’s hope this hero dog will get better as soon as possible!

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