German Shepherd Beaten And Shot Multiple Times Saving His 16-Year-Old Owner From Burglars

March 9, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Animals, Life

On February 21st armed intruders invaded 16-year-old Javier Mercado‘s house, he was home alone with Rex. It all happened just after noon in Des Moines, USA – Javier heard a noise and looked through a window where he saw a car he didn’t recognize. “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.’”

As soon as this happened, Javier dialed 911 and went into the closet. “Rex stormed back to the upstairs floor all beat up and bloody,” writes Javier’s aunt. “Soon, the burglars 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.” Sadly, they shot the dog four times and he gave up his battle.

After police arrived on the scene, Rex, who had sustained gunshot wounds to the neck and legs, was taken to an animal hospital. He was alive, but would need surgery to survive.

“I was worried, my parents were worried. My dad said he was going to start working every Saturday, saving up.”

Fortunately, Javier’s cousin set up a GoFundMe page for Rex. Describing the incident, Susy Cadena wrote in part:

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. Soon, the burglars proceeded to the upstairs floor and trashed all the bedrooms. 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 [three] times and finally Rex, the héroe dog, gave up in his battle. It was the sirens who scared them away.

The GoFundMe campaign — which began with a goal of $10,000 — has received more than $58,000 in donations as of this publication.

Javier Mercado told Q13 Fox that if Rex hadn’t been there when the break-in took place, “I feel like I wouldn’t be standing here right now.”