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Heroic German Shepherd Shot Four Times While Protecting Teen From Burglars Is Set For Surgery

By Jonna Ivin-Patton

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: