Canine hero alert! Rex the German Shepherd is being called a hero after he sprang into action to protect his teen owner, Javier Mercado, who was home alone at the time his home was broken into. Rex was shot multiple times by the intruders and is currently receiving medical attention at a veterinary hospital, as he recovers from fractured bones suffered from the shooting.
Mercado told CBS News: “I just want to thank my dog. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t feel like I’d be standing here right now.”
Mercado notes that he heard violent banging on a glass door followed by the door shattering. He hid in a closet and dialed 911, while Rex faced the intruder head on.
Mercado recalled: “My dog sprinted downstairs and started barking really loud… then one of the guys screamed, ‘Get the dog, the dog bit me, the dog bit me.’ Then I heard one gun shot, then several after that. My dog cries after each shot. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen.”
Police arrived on the scene to find the injured dog and took Rex and his owner to safety. The suspects were not found as they fled the home when they heard sirens.
Mercado explained: “They didn’t hesitate shooting Rex or hold back on anything. If Rex wasn’t there, they would have opened that door and they would have saw me in there.”
A GoFundMe page has been created to raise money for Rex’s vet bills. The GoFundMe explains in part: “Today we witnessed the most beautiful and unconditional love. Rex the hero dog, a member of our family risked his life and took three gunshots as he protected his human best friend, his master, his brother while their house got vandalized with them inside.
Today mid-afternoon my cousin Julia Cadena’s house was broken into by two lowlifes who terrorized my 16-year-old nephew (Julia’s son) and his German Sheppard, Rex… 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. 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 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’s life depends on a surgery he will need to survive…Please, our family can not 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. Thank you for your help.”