- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A dog who took two bullets trying to protect its family from a pair of intruders has returned home after having its leg amputated.

The dog, Charlie, is recovering from surgery at home thanks to a campaign led by North Central Intervention Program in Los Angeles.

According to a local NBC News affiliate, Charlie was at her Los Angeles home last Saturday with her two pup siblings and family when two people broke into the home. The three dogs chased the intruders into the street, and one of them shot at the dogs, striking Charlie in her front right leg and back right leg.

“If Charlie had not taken the bullet, it would have hit one of my children,” Charlie’s owner reportedly told North Central. The intruders were not caught, the organization said.

According to a description posted by North Central on YouCaring.com, Charlie’s family did not have the resources to pay for her surgery, so they regretfully let police take her to the shelter.

“If we can raise the money for Charlie’s surgery, she can be reunited with the family she loves so much that she risked her life to save them,” North Central wrote. “Please help us raise the funds to help this loyal and heroic dog get the care she needs.”

The program, along with the Bill Foundation, has already raised more than $8,000 — more than double the original goal — and now Charlie is recovering peacefully at home.

“Charlie’s owner told us that once Charlie got home and saw the children she got up and started walking,” North Central said Saturday. 

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