UPDATE: Dog Gets Second Chance at Life

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UPDATE: FREEPORT (WIFR) – Chloe the pit bull found herself in the middle of an alleged murder, shot several times by responding Freeport police officers, but almost a year later, Chloe is doing just fine.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Chloe and her recovery has been pretty outstanding.

Remember she was shot multiple times by Freeport Police, but today, she’s doing just fine. Chloe was trying to protect her owner Melissa Nickel after she was shot dead in early 2014. Police were trying to help Nickel, but in the chaos, Chloe attacked officers and was shot several times.
Today, we find her fully healed and full of love. Her new family who adopted her right after the shooting say she’s happy and brings joy to their lives every day.

“A very bad experience for her and I’m lucky she’s, I’m surprised she’s alive. She’s lucky she survived,” says Chloe’s new owner, Tim Kaiser.

Chloe’s family says she is playful and extremely loving but at times does get a little jumpy when she hears certain loud noises, still remembering what happened that day. Family says they’re glad to give her a home and give her a nice place to be.

Chloe’s new family has had her for almost a year now and were friends of Melissa Nickel.

FREEPORT (WIFR) – A dog caught in the crossfire of a deadly domestic violence incident is getting a second chance at life.

A dog’s loyalty is hard to measure, but we can only imagine what was going through the mind of 6-month-old Chloe, the pit bull whose owner was gunned down in front of her.

When police came to help 31-year-old Melissa Nickel, who was shot last week by her estranged ex-boyfriend at her home in Freeport, the dog, trying to defend its owner, got in the way of police.

Officers ended up shooting the dog out of self-defense, but today we find Chloe full of life, energy, and rescued by another family who believes if they didn’t step up, Chloe would have been put down.

“Before everything went down with her, what had happened to her, we were supposed to get her. We talked about bringing her into the house and she got here a little sooner than what we expected. I’m sure a lot of people think the reason she got shot was because she was vicious and she’s not a vicious dog at all, she’s just very protective. I mean she doesn’t have a mean bone in her body,” said Tim Kaiser, who is giving Chloe a new home.

Chloe’s right eye is badly damaged and veterinarians are taking a look at her today to see if she’ll ever be able to see out of her right eye again.

Chloe’s new owners were friends of Nickel’s and the suspect in that case. They say they hold no grudges against police and they know officers were only doing what they thought was necessary to save their friend.

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