A heroic homeless dog named Princess Coco Wing is now safely recovering after her rescue at the scene of a Miami shootout, which she played a prime part in stopping.
According to NBC Miami, Princess Coco Wing lived on the streets of Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood and was fed scraps and walked by residents. On the day of the shootout, she happened to be walking with Dorothy Edwards’ son.
Gunfire erupted in front of them and hit a man named Pedro Nunez and his friends outside of his grandmother’s home. Nunez was shot along with 16-year-old Emaiyne Pittman, who did not survive.
Thankfully, Coco was there and leapt into action, biting the shooter before more harm could be done.
“To me, that dog was a hero for my son because he saved my son’s and Pedro’s life, because if [s]he wouldn’t have attacked [the shooter] he probably would’ve continued to shoot at him,” Edwards said to NBC Miami.
While Coco’s action prevented additional injuries to local residents, she was not left unscathed. She too was shot and was discovered by Sgt. Garret Wing when Miami police arrived at the shootout scene.
Sgt. Wing couldn’t bear the thought of taking her to the local animal control where she would have certainly been euthanized because of her injuries.
“I picked her up myself, got her in a towel, and put her in a box. I took her straight over here to Knowles where we take our K-9 dogs,” said Sgt. Wing.
Sgt. Wing visited the hospital every night after the shooting to watch over Coco. This Tuesday, Coco underwent a five-hour surgery at Knowles Animal Clinic to mend her shattered femur and elbow, reports Dog Heirs.
She has a long recovery ahead of her, but now she in good hands with Sgt. Wing, who will be fostering her until she finds her forever home.
If you would like to contribute to Coco’s care and recovery, Knowles Animal Clinic asks that donations be made via PayPal to M[email protected] and specified as a gift for Princess Coco Wing or call (305)-649-1234 for more information.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305)-471-TIPS.
Image source: NBC Miami