A 2-year-old German shepherd named Rex just validated the saying that ‘dog is a man‘s best friend’.
When burglars invaded 16-year-old Javier Mercado‘s home, he was alone in his home with Rex. Everything occurred right after noon in Des Moines, USA – Javier heard a sound and checked through a window when he noticed a vehicle he wasn’t familiar with. “I then heard the sliding door break, and it is made out of just glass so it shattered really loud,” said Mercado. “My dog ran downstairs, and it just started barking and barking. I heard one guy scream, ‘the dog bit me, get the dog.’”
The moment this took place, Javier called 911 and got into the closet. “Rex stormed back to the upstairs floor all beat up and bloody,” shared Javier’s aunt. “Soon, the criminals proceeded to the upstairs floor and trashed all the bedrooms. As they entered the room where Javier 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.” Unfortunately, they shot the pup four times and he gave up his fight.
When cops showed up, invaders have already vanished. After spending close to one hour in the closet, Javier thought it was finally safe to get out. He then got a call informing him that his best friend Rex was still alive. Although, he was seriously wounded, with gunshot injuries in his neck and legs that needed a surgical procedure.
The happiness that the dog made it through, however, was accompanied by the concern that they don’t have the funds to cover Rex’s health care expenses. So relatives, friends, and the community started a fundraiser for Rex, who is now referred to as The Hero Dog. On Friday, Rex overcame his initial procedure with success. Let’s wish this heroic dog will get healthier as quickly as possible!
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