Retired Police Dog Valiantly Risks his Life to Protect his Home

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Drake may not have made it as a police dog, but he nearly gave his life trying to stop burglars from entering his owners home in West Palm Beach, California.  The 5 year old german shepherd was home alone when 3 intruders entered.  When he tried to protect his property, he was shot at least 4 times and is now fighting for his life.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Bobby Boody came home after work on Sunday night and noticed that there was no barking coming from the house. He entered to find blood and disarray, and his dog Drake lying in the bedroom bleeding.   “He was bleeding profusely and when he saw me, he attempted to stand,” said Boody, who lives alone and had to get the 100 pound dog into the car to rush him to a nearby animal hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.  Boody is clinging to hope that his pal will recover. “He’s a tough dog — that’s for sure,” Boody said. “I’m confident that he’ll recover.”

Drake was shot at least 4 times, apparently at close range according to veterinarian  Ken Simmons, who treated him.  He suffered shots to his head, hind quarters and leg, and has a long recovery ahead of him.  The 16 year old that shot him was later apprehended and claimed to have shot him out of fear, but did not appear remorseful.  His 2 accomplices are still at large.

Drake was born to be a police dog, and was trained as a drug sniffer but didn’t really take to that job so he was retired early.  “He needed a place to go, so I took him in,” said Boody, a trooper since 2001. Despite Drake’s early reputation as a difficult personality, the two hit it off well, Boody said: “He needed a strong personality.”

Despite being born with an auspicious birthdate on July 7, 2007 (7/7/7), Drake will need more than luck to overcome his mounting medical bills.  Fortunately, officers in Boody’s department are trying to raise funds to help pay for Drake’s care which will likely end up costing thousands of dollars.

9 thoughts on “Retired Police Dog Valiantly Risks his Life to Protect his Home”

  1. Can anyone in Florida or with ties to the press, start a petition to have the criminal that shot Drake MULTIPLE times, (while commiting a crime, while on probation for previous crimes) tried as an adult for these crimes?
    He is being treated as a juvenile, his name has not been released etc. he will be given a slap on the wrist, this behavior is indicitive of a hardened criminal, he has shown no remorse, he has no respect for authority, this person will not be rehabilitated, he places no value on life, if you think for one minute he would not have shot Officer Boody if he had defended the home rather than Drake, you are mistaken. He and his 2 cohorts were specifically looking for weapons and money.

  2. The way the scum is going in America age is no longer a factor in my opinion for any crime. Evil is starting earlier and earlier. Try him as an adult and hope he never enters my house. Praying for the dog and his owner.

    • I hope he makes it as the owner of a shepherd there is not a more valiant or loyal dog. No remorse no juvinile. What we do to the least of these we do unto me. God bless the animals and the ones who care for and about them.

  3. There should be a VICTIM RELIEF fund or department. There is in Kansas, if you’re a victim of crime, they pay the med bills. Not you!

  4. This guy and his friends should be put down for what they did. Had enough of babying criminals, murderers, abusers, etc. Its time to get tough again w/consequences for your actions. But first he should be made to work to pay the medical bills off.

    Can we get an update?


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