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.