Heroic dog bounces back after being shot
Canine sprang into action when gunman threatened his owner
By Robin Higgins
RICHMOND (California) Except for one small detail, Jet, a 5-year-old Australian shepherd mix, is like any other dog, enjoying squeaky toys and swimming. Jet is enjoying these pastimes again only a few weeks after he heroically defended his owner, being held at gunpoint, and took three bullets meant for her.
Patricia Maupin said she was in the kitchen of her house June 1 when she heard a knock on the door. Outside, she found an agitated woman asking for Maupin’s nephew, Daniel Sutton. Sutton went out to the front yard and started arguing with the woman.
Maupin said she and her daughter, Amber, went outside, too. Three men accompanying the woman also exited their car.
Maupin later found out her nephew had been in an argument with the others earlier at a gas station, and they had followed him home. Maupin said she didn’t pay any attention to Jet, but knew he was “right by my side.”
Sutton and the three other men continued to yell until Maupin told them they should leave. At that point, one man pointed a gun at Maupin and her daughter, she said.When Maupin screamed, Jet jumped into action. The dog leaped between the man with the gun and Maupin, defending his owner.
The man fired and hit Jet with three 9mm bullets, then fled, authorities said.
For the five years Jet has lived with the family, Maupin said, the amimal has never been violent or acted as if he would bite anyone. “He heard I was really scared. I think he’s a hero,” she said.
After the shooting, a neighbor applied pressure to the dog’s wounds until Jet could be taken to the Berkeley Dog and Cat Hospital.
The dog now is recovering at home. Although he’s not as active as he was before the shooting, he’s “doing really well,” Maupin said.
Maupin was unable to identify the shooter or those with him, and no charges have been filed, authorities said.
Anyone wanting to help cover Jet’s hospital bills about $6,000 can contribute to a fund set up at Wells Fargo Bank. Donations may be directed to account No. 3495605721, Patricia Maupin/Jet’s Donation Fund, at any Wells Fargo Bank.