On one horrible day in February 2018, Rex a 2-year-old German shepherd became a hero. He lives with his family in Des Moines, Washington. Rex and 16-year-old Javier were home alone when something terrible happened.
They were hanging out when suddenly they heard an aggressive banging sound on the glass door. So they ran and hid in a bedroom closet upstairs and Javier called 911.
Rex to the rescue
When they heard the glass door break, Rex ran down to defend his master from the intruders.
Rex attacked and bit one of the burglars. They in turn beat the poor dog bloody. Rex got away and ran back upstairs to the closet to protect Javier.
The thieves went through all the bedrooms burglarizing and vandalizing them as they went. When they got to the bedroom where Javier and Rex were hiding, Rex came to the rescue once again despite being weak from the beating he took.
Weak and bloody Rex was still defending his best friend
Rex went after the burglars one last time and was shot three times. It broke Javier’s heart hearing his beloved friend cry with every shot.
Rex was shot in the neck, leg, and knee.
Javier said, “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.”
When the sirens could be heard the intruders ran away.
The officers on the scene said that Rex looked dead at first. But thankfully he was not. They got Javier out of the house and took Rex to the vet.
Rex spent the night in the veterinary intensive care unit. He received the care he needed for his pain and wounds and they kept a close eye on his vitals.
By morning he was in stable condition but he needed surgery.
The family started a go-fund-me page to help raise the money for the surgery and the follow-up care Rex needed. Their goal was $10,000. They immediately started receiving donations and were able to get Rex the surgery he needed.
Rex’s surgery went well. He had a pin and screw put in his leg to repair his fractured tibia in his left hind leg.
Rex will make a full recovery
They ended up raising $62,000 in their go-fund-me account. They used the money for Rex’s surgery and the therapy he needed afterward. And any leftover money is being donated to other dogs in need.
Rex was dubbed the “hero dog” by people on social media. Which is no doubt true! And Rex received a Recognition of Bravery from PETA.
In the last update the family did on Rex’s Facebook page, we learned that Rex is still suffering from PTSD and having nightmares. But the family is always there to support him and make him feel loved.
Photo Credit: Facebook via rextheherodog