CREATED May. 23, 2013
Omaha, NE - It's what any guard dog is trained to do, protect the family. One dog paid the ultimate price for doing just that.
Nine month old Rex was shot inside his home May 16 after two intruders broke in. The Akita Husky mix only tried to protect his family and almost lost his life. The intruders shot Rex twice before the dog backed off. His owner, Steve Erlewine said his dog ran towards the strangers and didn't give up. "Rex came running down the hall and started going towards them and they capped him," said Erlewine. The intruders shot Rex one more time before the dog finally ran away.
For one week, the pup missed his family while he underwent treatment at Mobile Animal Clinic. Rex suffered a compound fracture and a broken foot. The doctor who treated Rex said the dog was anxious to go back home. "He's just like a normal teenager, he missed his family," said Doctor Elis Jensen.
Six thousand dollars in vet bills and a week later, Rex was reunited with his family. Steve Erlewine still doesn't know who broke into his home or why they shot his best friend. He's just glad this loyal dog is strong enough to recover. "When you get shot and you keep running towards him, you're a hero," says Erlewine.
Erlewine will not have to worry about how to pay for his dogs enormous bills. Hearts United for Animals has volunteered to pay for the bills. Volunteers say when they heard how Rex tried protecting his family, it warmed their hearts and they were happy to help out.
Police have not found the two intruders responsible for shooting Rex on May 16. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 402-444-STOP.