Family dog shot 3 times returns home after protecting teen from burglars

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DES MOINES, Wash. (KAKE) -

A dog reunited with his family Sunday after being shot in a home invasion in Washington earlier this week.

KOMO reports the dog, Rex, limped out of an animal hospital in Renton after surgeons fitted the German Shepard with a pin and screw holding together one of his back legs.

Javier Mercado, 16, says three men broke into his Des Moines home on Wednesday. That’s when Rex jumped into action.

“And that’s when I heard one gunshot, and several after that one, and my dog cried after every gunshot that hit him,” Mercado told KOMO outside BluePearl Veterinary Partners Hospital on Sunday.

Police are investigating the home invasion and a subsequent break-in that happened while Rex was in the hospital. No arrests have been made. 

Doctors said Rex will likely develop arthritis in the future and may need physical therapy.

The community has raised more than $60,000 toward Rex’s medical bills. For more information, click here.