Pit bull takes bullet for owner during struggle with robber

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — A pit bull in Staten Island is being credited as a hero after it survived being shot in the head during a struggle with a suspect in a home invasion.

According to the New York Post, Kilo, a 12-year-old pit bull, was shot in the head during a home invasion when he lunged at a robbery suspect posing as a FedEx deliveryman.  The bullet ricocheted off the dog’s skull and went through its neck.

“This is like, one in a million,” Dr. Greg Panarello, whose veterinary clinic operated on Kilo, told the Post.

The armed man, who claimed he had a package, reportedly pushed his way into 32-year-old Justin Becker’s apartment on Lambert Street in Graniteville around 5 p.m. Saturday.

Becker shoved the suspect, knocking him to the ground, and trapped him by pushing the door against the gunman’s body.

Kilo then jumped into the struggle. But when the pit bull stuck its head outside the door, the gunman shot it in the head, the Post reports.

Becker rushed Kilo to the South Shore Animal Hospital in New Dorp, where an X-ray showed that the bullet never penetrated the skull.

Read more: NYPost.com

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