Intruder Shoots Brave Dog Protecting His 16-Year-Old Owner

Two-year-old German shepherd Rex is the epitome of a loyal dog. When armed intruders invaded 16-year-old Javier Mercado‘s house, he was home alone with Rex. It all happened one afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa.  When Javier heard a noise he looked through a window and 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.’”

Javier dialed 911 and hid in a closet. “Rex stormed back to the upstairs floor all beat up and bloody,” writes Javier’s aunt on GoFund. “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.” The intruders sadly shot the dog four times and he gave up his battle.

The police arrived, but the intruders were already gone. Javier finally felt safe to come out after spending nearly an hour in the closet. That’s when Javier received a call telling him that his dog Rex was still alive, but seriously injured, with gunshot wounds to his neck and legs that required surgery.

The family was very happy that Rex survived, however, they were worried that they wouldn’t have the money to pay his medical bills. It wasn’t long before family, friends, and the community began a fundraiser for Rex, who is now called The Hero Dog.  Rex successfully overcame his first surgery.

This is Javier Mercado and Rex, his faithful German shepherd

When armed intruders invaded Javier’s house, he was home alone with Rex

“I heard the sliding door break,” said Mercado. “My dog ran downstairs and started barking and barking. I heard one guy scream, ‘the dog bit me, get the dog’”

Javier dialed 911 and hid in the closet

Rex ran back upstairs all bloody and soon, the burglars proceeded to the upstairs floor, too

They entered the room where Javier was hiding in the closet when Rex came out and threw himself at them

They shot the dog four times and he gave up his battle

By the time police arrived, intruders were gone

Javier spent nearly an hour in the closet, before he felt it was finally safe to come out. He then received a call telling him that his dog Rex is still alive

Javier said if it wasn’t for this dog, he wouldn’t be able to tell this story today

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