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'Superdog' takes bullet to save owner during home invasion

Melbourne, Thu, 05 Apr 2012 ANI

Melbourne, Apr 5 (ANI): A dog in New York saved his master's life by taking a bullet to the head and survived to "bark" about it.

Kilo, a 12-year-old pit bull, was shot during a terrifying home invasion robbery attempt as he lunged at a villain posing as a FedEx deliveryman.

The bullet ricocheted off Kilo's skull and exited through his neck - sparing the dog from certain death.

"This is, like, one in a million," the Courier Mail quoted Dr Greg Panarello, whose veterinary clinic operated on Kilo, as saying.

"He's very lucky," he said.

The hospital's staff was so impressed, they put a little "S" on his bandage - for "superhero".

Dr Panarello called him "a really sweet dog."

The drama unfolded at around 5pm local time Saturday, when the fake deliveryman pushed his way into the Staten Island apartment after claiming he had a package.

Justin Becker, 32, shoved him to the ground and pushed the door into his body, jamming the gunman as he lay halfway inside the apartment.

That was when Kilo sprang into action.

"My dog stuck his head out the door, and then (the would-be burglar) shot him in the head," Becker said.

According to the New York Post, the cowardly gunman then ran off.

Becker's girlfriend, Nicole Percoco, thought there was no way Kilo would survive.

But the dog survived without any fracture to the bone or suffered any injury to his brain.

An X-ray showed the bullet entered Kilo's head but never penetrated his skull. (ANI)

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