In the middle of the night, four intruders broke into a family's home while they slept. One man was armed with a shotgun, and if it had not been for the heroics of the family's Pit bull, Lefty, the father would have been shot.
Lefty protected her parents and the children when one robber pointed the shotgun at her dad. "She went straight for him," said Dr. Michele Leatherbury, owner of Atlantic Animal Hospital in Accomack County, Virginia, told delmarvaNow.com.
Lefty jumped at the intruder, blocking his shot and was hit in her shoulder. When Lefty arrived at the hospital on July 25, the staff shared her story on their Facebook page, describing what had happened to her:
"'I saved my family member’s lives on Monday night and now I need your help!! In the middle of the night, 4 intruders entered my family home while my parents and the children were sleeping. They tried to shoot at my Dad - but I jumped in the way and the shotgun blast hit me instead.'"
She [Lefty] arrived at Atlantic Animal Hospital in shock and bleeding from a huge wound in her shoulder, which tore up her muscles and shattered her humerus bone. She is doing very well after emergency treatment but since her family was robbed, they have no way to pay for all of her care, including the surgery she needs on her shoulder.
Their Facebook post went viral and over the weekend 100% of the funds needed to cover Lefty's medical costs were raised.
Lefty had her right leg amputated but is doing well. By Friday, she was walking around "like she's been a 3-legged dog her entire life!" according to the hospital's Facebook page. And on Monday she returns to her family, who are not only extremely grateful that Lefty is alive after her brave actions, but are also thankful for the outpouring of support from strangers in their time of need.
Below is a video of Lefty, showing how well she is doing post-surgery.
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