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Rex Proved He's Man's BFF After Being Shot Three Times Protecting His Human

Amy Pilkington 4 Oct 2019

I love my dogs. They're wonderful little floofs and I know that at least once their habit of barking at anything that moves outside has likely stopped a potential robbery.

But that's mostly happenstance, and if you asked me what would happen if burglars actually entered my home, I'm not sure what my answer would be. They may sense the danger or they may bring over a toy to show the friendly new human.

Which is probably why the story of Rex resonates with so many dog lovers.

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In February 2018, 16-year-old Javier was home alone with Rex, his German Shepherd.

It was the middle of the day in Des Moines, Iowa and everything seemed normal until there were sounds of breaking glass downstairs and two men entered the home.

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Javier hid in his closet and tried to keep Rex with him as he called 911, but Rex went downstairs to face the intruders.

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The burglars fought back, prompting an injured Rex to run back upstairs, where he stuck close to the closet where Javier was hiding and relaying everything he could hear to the 911 dispatcher.

When the burglars moved upstairs to ransack the bedrooms, Rex attacked again and was shot multiple times by the two men.

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Thankfully, it was then that police sirens could be heard and the men ran off.

Police Cmdr. Doug Jenkins described Javier's call to Q13 FOX News:

"He heard noises and voices, ran upstairs and hid in closet. He continued relaying everything he heard on the phone with dispatch. The dog in the residence was barking. Then he heard breaking glass, and the dog still barking. Then he heard gunshots and the dog was no longer barking."

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Rex was shot in the neck, leg, and knee, and was rushed to a veterinary hospital.

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After $2000 in scans and emergency care, the family was looking at a bill of $8000 for the surgery needed to save his life.

They started a GoFundMe campaign that blew passed its original goal. After $62,221 was raised, the family chose to end the campaign and said that after covering the costs of Rex's care, they would look for organizations to donate the remainder to in his honor.

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As for Rex, his life was saved by the veterinarians and he began his road to recovery.

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Besides his injuries, Rex was left struggling with anxiety and PTSD. His personality and behavior were affected greatly and the family began work with a vet psychologist to help him learn to trust again.

Thankfully, in the year and a half since the attack, Rex has gotten better and better. It's a slow road, but a promising one.

You can follow all of Rex's adventures on his Facebook page.

h/t: Q13 FOX News

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