A German Shepherd is being hailed as a hero for protecting his 16-year old owner from two burglars who broke into their home in Des Moines, Washington. The dog named Rex, was shot and beaten while trying to protect his owner, Javier, who hid in a closet upstairs after hearing noises and glass being broken downstairs.
“My nephew hid in the bedroom closet as he was frightened, held as hard as he could to his barking dog,” said Javier’s aunt Susy Cadena, “Rex’s instinct to protect his home and his best friend, took him downstairs and he attacked the burglars. 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. 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.”
When the police arrived, they got Javier safely out of the house but could not catch the suspects. Rex miraculously survived and is being treated at the BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Renton, Washington. The family was able to raise over $52,000 from the donations of 1,795 people in just two days thanks to their efforts in the GoFundMe page.
“Rex’s life depends on a surgery he will need to survive,” Cadena wrote. “My cousin has already paid a big sum of money as Rex needed a lot of scans and X-rays and other urgent medicine work up to stabilize him. Every dollar helps. Please, 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.”