A three-year-old German Shepherd was shot three times in the neck and leg while trying to protect his owner from two burglars.
Police said teenager Javier Mercado, was at home with only his dog Rex for company, when two burglars broke through a glass door and entered the family home on Wednesday, (February 21).
Mercado hid in a closet in his parents’ bedroom and quickly called the police. However, Rex was determined to protect his owner and ran downstairs.
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Rex confronted the robbers and was beaten by them before he managed to escape and run back upstairs. Meanwhile, the burglars made their way through the downstairs rooms, according to Q13 Fox.
Once finished, they made their way upstairs going from room to room. When they entered the room in which Mercado was hiding, Rex protected his owner by lunging at them.
Rex was shot three times, with bullets hitting him in the neck, leg and knee, before the burglars then fled the house after hearing police sirens.
Susy Cadena, Mercado’s aunt, wrote on the GoFundMe page for Rex’s recovery:
Today we witnessed the most beautiful and unconditional love. Rex the hero dog, a member of our family risked his life and took three gunshots as he protected his human best friend, his master, his brother, while their house got vandalized with them inside.
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.
At time of writing, the GoFundMe page has made more than double their $10,000 goal to help pay for Rex’s recovery and treatment.
According to Q13 Fox, Rex is currently at a vets waiting to see if he’ll need surgery, but doctor’s are worried about the bullet which hit Rex in the neck.
The bullet passed straight through Rex’s neck but there are fragments of the bullet remaining inside him.
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.
This story is one which proves just how incredibly loyal dogs are to their friends and owners.
For some dogs, their love for their humans can transcend death itself; as demonstrated by this devoted Alsatian, Capitan, from Argentina.
This steadfast hound recently passed away after sleeping on his master’s grave every night for 11 years. He’s believed to have been around 15-years-old.
Although the family attempted to bring Capitan home on multiple occasions, he always ran back to the cemetery to continue his vigil.
Miguel’s wife Veronica told the Cordoba newspaper, as reported by the International Business Times:
We searched for him but he’d vanished. We thought he must have got run over and died.
The following Sunday we went to the cemetery and Damian recognised his pet. Capitan came up to us, barking and wailing, as if he were crying.
We’d never taken him to the cemetery so it’s a mystery how he managed to find the place.
We really just don’t deserve dogs.