Heroic German Shepherd Beaten and Shot Multiple Times Protecting 16-Year-Old Owner From Burglars

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A heroic German Shepherd was shot multiple times and badly beaten while protecting his 16-year-old human, Javier Mercado, from two men who broke into their home in Des Moines, Washington.

Javier hid upstairs with Rex in a closet after he heard noises and glass shattering downstairs. 

“As soon as he heard the window shatter, he ran downstairs full charge,” Mercado told KOMO 4. “And then I just heard a bunch of barking and struggling, and then one of the guys screaming, The dog! The dog bit me! Get the dog!’”

Javier’s aunt, Susy Cadena, said initially Javier called 911 and tried to hide in the closest with Rex, but the dog wanted to protect him and rushed downstairs to where the intruders were.

“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,” she wrote on GoFundMe.

“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,” she continued. “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.”

Police later confirmed with a news station that they found Javier in the closet and Rex badly bleeding when they arrived.

“A 16-year-old boy who was home alone said he believed someone was breaking in,” Des Moines police Commander Doug Jenkins told Q13 Fox. “The dog in the residence was barking. Then [Javier] heard breaking glass and the dog still barking. Then he heard gunshots and the dog was no longer barking.”

So far the suspects are at large. Rex was rushed to BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Renton, Washington and has miraculously pulled through his ordeal.

The family set up a GoFundMe page to cover the heroic dog’s $10,000 medical expenses. So far $36,000 has been raised thanks to dog lovers.

Mercado said he owes Rex his life: “I think if it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be standing here today.”

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14 thoughts on “Heroic German Shepherd Beaten and Shot Multiple Times Protecting 16-Year-Old Owner From Burglars

  1. This is why they kill the dogs

    Because well trained dogs have zero fear of the intruders and don’t care about what costume they wear
    Instinctively get at the threat and are mostly loyal to the owner

    Maybe if you have such an animal you might consider buying it ballistic protection so it can finish its job sinking a canine tooth in someone’s jugular

    Just a thought

    1. Yup
      Agreed

      And just protecting their pack , it’s instinctive

      Something that’s been getting engineered out of us humans

      1. The Trench is helping us get it back. This former flower-child is becoming a wolf. Sometimes I don’t recognize myself. I like it.

        🙂

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    1. My wife and I get to regularly dog sit a 100# German Shepherd
      Great dog , very loyal… big
      Was mis treated by the pigs in training it to be a traitor to the people , and the sick fcks broke his leg in a bunch of places, current owner rescued him as the State was going to put it down
      Has a titanium front leg , one of the most awesome dogs we have ever boarded

  2. “The family set up a GoFundMe page to cover the heroic dog’s $10,000 medical expenses. So far $36,000 has been raised thanks to dog lovers.”

    If this isn’t a typo, why not send the 20 grand excess to the Shivley’s for being heroes!?

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