Sixteen-year-old Javier hid in a closet on Wednesday as armed burglars broke into his home. He tried to pull his two-year-old German Sheppard Rex into the closet with him while he called police, but the dog ran downstairs to protect his humans from the intruders. When the robbers attacked Rex, he tried to fight them off.
Javier's aunt, Susy Cadena, wrote on the GoFundMe page set up for Rex's medical costs:
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.
When the attackers entered the room where Javier was hiding, Rex gave one last attempt to fight him off. At that point the armed robbers shot the beloved pet four times.
Cadena further explained:
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. Sadly they shot Rex 4 times and finally Rex, the hero dog gave up in his battle. ... It was the sirens who scared them 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.
Rex survived the gunshot wounds and was rushed to BluePearl Veterinary Partners, where he is to have surgery for his wounds. The GoFundMe campaign raised $21,928 more than the original goal of $10,000.
David Rose of Q13 Fox has been covering the story:
Great news! The fund for Rex who was shot by burglars in Des Moines is at $12,170 so he will be having surgery tomorrow. Thank you all!!! Your generosity has truly warmed my heart. Rex's family is overjoyed and grateful. https://t.co/96nMyCC3Fk #Q13FOX @DesMoinesPD pic.twitter.com/txZQPT9P9P— David Rose (@DavidRoseQ13FOX) February 22, 2018
Good luck with your surgery tomorrow Rex!! This hero dog who was shot three times defending a teenage boy from home burglars in Des Moines is getting the treatment he needs thanks to all of you who donated so generously today! https://t.co/3UDl56Abc2 #Q13FOX @DesMoinesPolice pic.twitter.com/WdOemz1XVy— David Rose (@DavidRoseQ13FOX) February 23, 2018
People are cheering for Rex to make a full recovery and be reunited with his family:
Hoping for only the best for sweet Rex and his family ❣️❣️❣️❣️— 🦋Alice Faye🦋 (@AliceFaye1111) February 23, 2018
That dog most likely saved that boys life. Remarkable how loyal dogs can be to their owner. Get well soon. 🐕— Bryan (@shocker4802) February 23, 2018
Praying for Rex. He doesn't deserve to go like this so i hope he pulls through. Were the burglars caught? Haven't seen the story yet but hope justice was served.— Munchie's Place🐾 (@MunchiesPlace4) February 23, 2018
Awww thanks for the up date, only doing what Shepherds do, protect, very loyal, get well Rex— Jodi H (@eveningride2005) February 22, 2018
No one has been arrested for the crime. We wish Rex a speedy recovery!