Pit Bull Survives Bullet To The Head While Protecting Owner

Kilo the Hero Pit Bull.

Kilo the Hero Pit Bull.

NEW YORK — There’s a dog that took a bullet, possibly saving his owner’s life. And surprisingly, the 12-year-old pit bull shot in the head survived.

The pit bull named “Kilo” was off to the vet Wednesday for a check-up, after taking a bullet for his owner, Justin Becker.

“He’s a hero. He saved my life. He went to protect me and he did his job,” Becker told CBS 2?s John Slattery.

Even Dr. Greg Panarello, the veterinarian who treated the dog, was impressed.

“Incredibly lucky. Incredibly lucky,” Panarello said.

It happened Saturday evening in Becker’s apartment house in the Graniteville section of Staten Island. A gunman, posing as a FedEx deliveryman, wearing a uniform, rang the bell and said he had a package, but then pushed his way into the apartment.

“He barged in. My first reaction after seeing the gun is push him out, so I pushed him to the door. Like I said, he fell like wedged right by the door. I slammed him inside the door and he was stuck and tried to get out now because he was getting crushed,” Becker said.

His girlfriend has been holding the dog and let go.

“I was shocked and I was terrified,” Nicole Percoco said.

The dog went after the gunman.

“Now Kilo came out to protect me. Grrr, he tried to come through the door at the guy, his head was out. Grrr, then I heard the guy, three gunshots,” Becker said.

One of the shots hit the dog in the head.

“It did ricochet off the skull and went straight down and exited at the neck,” Dr. Panarello said.

The vet staff put a superhero insignia on this bandage. Kilo was up and around Wednesday, going for walks just three days after being shot.

“I think it’s amazing. He saved my life,” Becker said.

You’ve heard of a cat with nine lives. Kilo seems well on his way.


  1. Lauren Paytes says

    What a special special boy!! We now know the purpose of his life! Many prayers for a quick and complete recovery! many hugs Kilo!!

  2. Dave says

    Great story, not surprising to hear tales of selflessness and heroism from this wonderful breed. I wish the article was better written – I’d be more inclined to share it…

  3. Abby King says

    I do not know why people do not understand. DOGS RULE!  We, at this house, are hoping for the best of all recoveries for your SUPER HERO PUP!!!

  4. Chrissiep1976 says

    awesome story dude glad you are all ok! What a great family member and best friend you’ve got yourself there! They don’t mess around with their peeps my black lab last week knew people who weren’t supposed to be were in my house (ambulance for  my mom) and she went nuts trying to get out to get to her. They just know what to do and take care of us. Glad Kilo is well onto his way of recovery and I think the article was written just fine … allowed me to visually imagine the story as it happened. It was a recount of a heroic event that could have had a much more tragic ending…was not meant to win a pulitzer prize lol :)

  5. [email protected] says

    He’ s an angel. I am so happy he’s doing well and neither of you were hurt. My little D’Ogie sends his get well licks.

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