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Heroic Pit bull shot in head defending home from thief

P8010053_thumb By Tamara | April 04, 2012 | Comments (16)

Kilo survived a bullet in the headKilo, a 12-year-old pit bull, took a bullet to the head, when he defended his owner from a frightening home invasion on Saturday. The dog was shot by a man posing as a FedEx deliveryman during the robbery attempt.

Kilo's owner, Justin Becker says he was at his Graniteville, Staten Island home at 5 p.m. Saturday when the fake deliveryman pushed his way into the apartment after claiming he had a package. Becker shoved the robber to the ground, and pushed the door into his body — jamming the gunman as he lay halfway inside the apartment. Kilo then sprang into action. "My dog stuck his head out the door, and then [the thief] shot him in the head," Becker said. The criminal then ran away.

Shot in the head, Becker's girlfriend thought Kilo was a 'goner' and told Becker "Hold him in your arms. Let him die in your arms." But Becker wasn't ready to give up on his four-legged friend. "I’m not going to let him die,” he said, and he rushed his injured dog to South Shore Animal Hospital in New Dorp.

Dr. Greg Panarello examined Kilo and an X-ray revealed the bullet entered Kilo's head but did not get through his skull. Panarello explained the bullet ricocheted off Kilo’s skull and exited through his neck. "This is like, one in a million," said Dr. Greg Panarello of the odds Kilo survived. "He's a very lucky dog."

After his operation, Kilo has a lot of swelling, but appears not to have any bone fractures or brain injury. The hospital's staff put a badge with 'S' on Kilo's bandage, for "superhero." The 'S' could also stand for sweet, as Panarello called him "a really sweet dog."

Kilo is now resting at home and under strict orders to rest and has to be treated with painkillers and antibiotics. Although Becker said he was shocked by the $2200 vet care bill, he didn't hesitate to add "It saved my dog's life."

Becker shows where his dog Kilo got shot by a home intruder
Justin Becker shows where his dog Kilo got shot by a home intruder.

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Comments on this Article

what an amazing dog!!
@ Justin: Saying that $2200 is nearly $3000 is a bit of a jump. Also, I ask that you consider what was done for this dog. If you were shot in the head, your bill would most likely be in the 10's of thousands at least. You need to realize that to treat this dog, he had highly skilled people with very expensive equipment and medications. To say that he was robbed by a vet that gets paid MUCH less than you think is showing a very poor understanding of the economics behind these small businesses that are staffed with very smart and dedicated people that do their jobs DESPITE the pay. Trust me, there are a lot easier ways to make a buck than by going through vet school.
Perhaps contact the vet clinic? Kilo probably has to have check ups...
yes, i also would like to donate and help this man with his vet bill -- anyone know how?
Dear Justin, yes this is right, As you can see, true Heroes die young and the bad man must learn the Animals to accept and loving. This is the task. But that poor Pet have his life forfeited. It is so sad.
Wow. The dog gets shot and the Vet puts a "Superman" badge - but still nails the guy for nearly $3000 in fees. I'm sure the guy feels like either way he got robbed! Super sweet dog though.
He should start a Chip In so people can donate to help with Kilo's vet bill! I would gladly donate a bit to help!
Pitbulls really are so amazing, they always stick by their owners. Awesome that the owners didnt give up on him!
patty yes, you have absolutly right he have deserved it. ;0)
He should get best treats for rest of his life. 12 yrs old!! He should retire to a comfy pillow and bed for such great work at his age. Hope you are a worthy human and reward him properly. You seem to be.
You never know about how brave a dog is till you need him that dog should get a bunch of treats for trying to save his master one at a time
Thats a great story and a good owner, rescue to him .This superhero, well done!
Poor baby looks like he's not feeling too good in that pic. From the sounds of it, he'll be back up and around in a bit though, so good for him. Hopefully, they'll catch the sick bastard that tried to bust in on Becker and ended up shooting Kilo, before he can do anymore damage. Maybe someone with some extra cash will come forward and be willing to help you out with the vet bills, you never know. Good luck to all of you guys.
What a great dog! So loyal and brave. He looks like a sweet guy. Good for you to not complain about the bill, money doesn't mean much when you really get down to it. :-) He was a lucky dog to have survived it, and you are so lucky to have such a wonderful dog. I hope he continues to recover, and you have many more years together.
Stories like this remind me that good souls still exist. IN DOGS. Humans should start taking notes!
The bravest breed and most family oriented breed known to man.Always willing to lay down their life to protect yours, their family. Great job Kilo !! You deserve a big juicy steak dinner when you heal up buddy!!
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