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Hero Los Angeles pooch comes home after being shot during break-in, saved by crowdfunding

Hero Los Angeles pooch comes home after being shot during break-in, saved by crowdfunding

BY PHILIP CAULFIELD / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Photos by: NORTH CENTRAL SHELTER INTERVENTION PROGRAM/FACEBOOK

A brave dog has returned home to her family after taking two bullets during an attempted burglary in Los Angeles.
The pooch, Charlie, lost a leg in the violent encounter, but her owners said she ended up protecting two children who were at the home during the Feb. 22 break-in, according to local reports.

According to the North Central Shelter, which cared for the wounded pup, Charlie and her canine siblings chased away the burglars, who opened fire as they took off down the street.

Charlie was struck in her front right and back right legs and lay bleeding in the road, the shelter said.

"Everybody said goodbye to the dog," Armando Casillas, one of her owners, told local KTLA-TV. "For us she was dead."

Because the family didn't have the money to take the wounded pup to a vet, animal control agents brought Charlie to the North Central Shelter for medical care.

A vet there reached out to the North Central Shelter Intervention Program, a facility that specializes in raising money for needy animals and owners.

A crowdfunding page was set up, and local animal lovers and others touched by the dog's heroism raised $8,000 to fund the pooch's life-saving surgery.
KTLA reported the dog returned home Tuesday after having her right front leg amputated.

Despite the missing paw, the pooch was back to her old self, said the shelter, which was there for the homecoming.

"She is being well taken care of and is very much loved. And she is already finessing walking around on three legs!" the shelter wrote on Facebook.
"Her family was overwhelmed with gratitude for all who cared and chipped in to save Charlie."

Charlie's surgery cost $4,000, so half the money raised will go to help other needy pets, the shelter said.

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