Hero Pit Bull Shot in Head While Saving Owners

June 4, 2012  

A Staten Island inventor and passionate pet advocate pays hero dog’s veterinary bill

On an ordinary Saturday, Justin Becker and his girlfriend were returning home from running errands when they heard a knock at the door. A gentleman dressed as a FedEx delivery man with a package told Justin his scanner wasn’t working and asked if he would go inside and grab a pen to sign for the package. In just a few fateful minutes, shots would be fired; Justin and his girlfriend would narrowly escape injury, and their precious pit bull Kilo would be shot in the head.

Thankfully, that’s not how the story ends. In fact, that’s just the beginning of an incredible story about a canine hero, his loving parents and an ironic twist of fate that brought two Staten Island dog lovers together.

“After I saw the gun and realized that this guy was up to no good, I pushed him back out of the door as hard as I could. He fell down in the doorway, and Kilo immediately went after him. He just knew we were in trouble,” says Kilo’s dad, Justin Becker of the events that transpired. “This guy was stuck in the doorway, and Kilo’s instinct was to protect us. Then I heard three gunshots and the guy was gone, running away. I felt the urge to chase him, but the only thing I could think about was my dog – was Kilo shot?”

Immediately upon realizing that his dog had been struck in the head with a bullet, Justin and girlfriend Nicole rushed Kilo to the closest veterinarian; they didn’t even stop to call the police. “Kilo was my first priority,” said Justin. “I knew that if I didn’t get him to a veterinarian right away, he would die.” They were referred to South Shore Animal Hospital, where Dr. Machali Berenstein rushed to save Kilo’s life.

“Kilo is incredibly lucky,” said Dr. Berenstein, the veterinarian that treated Kilo upon arrival. “The trajectory of the bullet went in through the top of Kilo’s skull and out his neck without damaging any major organs.” Dr. Berenstein first treated Kilo for shock when he arrived; she stabilized his vitals, gave him pain medications and prepared him for surgery with Dr. Meredith Berger. Dr. Berger explored the bullet wound and flushed out any potential infection the bullet may have caused. “Kilo’s owners should be commended for bringing him in so quickly – their prompt response saved Kilo a lot of complications. He is such a sweet dog and was an incredible patient. I’m just so glad no one else was injured during this altercation.”

“Kilo was amazing throughout this whole process,” said Justin. “He had just been shot in the head, but when the doctors needed to weigh him, he walked out himself and got on the scale. I just couldn’t believe his resilience. I knew that if he could go through all of this and save my life, I had to do everything in my power to save his. When they said Kilo’s bills totaled $2,200, I was shocked. But I didn’t hesitate; I was determined to find a way to stand up for Kilo the way he stood up for us.”

The same day Kilo was being treated at South Shore Animal Hospital, Staten Island inventor and dog lover Andrew Lanter was making a sales call just down the street from the hospital. Andrew is the CEO and founder of FroBo, a new company that recently launched a water bowl for dogs that keeps water fresh and cold all day long. He was selling his new bowl to a Staten Island pet store chain when he heard the news of Kilo’s heroic fight.

An animal lover and passionate pet advocate, Andrew got in his car and drove to the hospital where Kilo was being treated. “I didn’t know what I could do for this dog, but I felt compelled to do something,” he said. “So I did the only thing I could do at the time, and I dropped off several FroBos to help Kilo’s recovery. A new bowl that provides fresh, cold water was the least this dog deserved for what he had gone through. I just wanted to help.”

When the two gentlemen met just a few days later, Kilo was already out of the hospital and recovering. Justin wanted to thank Andrew for the new bowls, and Andrew wanted to meet this hero dog and share the news that FroBo had decided to pay Kilo’s entire vet bill. “After speaking with my partners, we realized that we could do more than give Kilo new water bowls, we could pay this hero’s bill. We were also launching our coolest pet contest, and I thought, wow, Kilo is the epitome of the coolest pet, so I wanted to offer Kilo the position of FroBo Cop – FroBo’s first – and most heroic – coolest pet.”

As the two new friends chatted in Justin’s apartment, Andrew learned that Justin had actually moved into that apartment specifically for Kilo because other apartments he was considering wouldn’t accept dogs. He also learned that Justin had fallen on hard times and was looking for a new career. “I thought, this couldn’t be more perfect – this guy is clearly passionate about dogs, he’s newly passionate about our pet bowl, he has an incredible dog who is now our spokesdog, he needs a job – and I need a Staten Island sales rep!”

And so begins a new relationship between two Staten Islanders – once strangers, brought together by mild-mannered pit bull Kilo – newly anointed FroBo Cop and plain and simply, one of the world’s coolest pets.

“It’s not every day that fate twists and turns in just the right way,” said Andrew. “I can’t think of a better dog to launch my invention to the world. Saving his parents from a gunman was just the beginning – now we’re really going to put him to work!”

“Kilo can’t wait to get started,” says Justin. He’s humble, but his new superhero status really suits him.”

About FroBo: Launched in 2012, the FroBo was created after Andrew Lanter’s rescue dog Charlie seemed a bit jealous of Lanter’s ice-filled frosty mug. Andrew looked at Charlie’s bowl and realized the water looked warm and stale. Andrew was upset with himself for not filling Charlie’s water bowl often enough with fresh cool water, and he quickly realized the need for a safe, non-electric method of keeping pets’ water fresh and cold. Thus, FroBo was born and launched with a mission of keeping pets happy by keeping their water chilled and fresh. No longer will pet water bowls look like a mid-day science experiment – water will remain chilled throughout the day, just as our furry companions like it.

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21 Responses to “Hero Pit Bull Shot in Head While Saving Owners”
  1. Again I ask where’s the inherently dangerous dog? Not only did Kilo save his family but he got him a job, how cool is that? How many other breeds can say this 🙂

  2. Matt.S says:

    Wow! Kilo’s the definition of a hero! What a great story. Rest easy, Kilo, you’ve got lots of work ahead of you.

  3. Matt.S says:

    Yet another pit bull changes yet another life for the better.

  4. What an amazing story! I hope Kilo recovers well and has a long, happy life with his family.

  5. bsaunders says:

    Great story — Win-win-win!

  6. JenniferArthur says:

    Kilo! <3 What an amazing dog and an incredible story!

  7. Michelle62 says:

    Love this brave pooch!!! Kilo is a fine example of what a bully breed is about. Family. Through his actions his owners are alive today, I shudder to think what might have happened if Kilo wasn’t there. I love my pit ,Pearl ,with all my heart and soul. I’m thankful for these dogs. Now if only the majority of people thought this way about pit bulls the world would be a better place!!!

  8. BelindaBocanegraHunter says:

    What an incredible story of pure fate, love, and bravery!!! Pitbulls amaze me with their extreme courage and dedication. They feel no pain and fight for whats is theirs espec. their families. Andrew you are a angel and god bless you!!

  9. LaurieDanielson says:

    What a great story with an even happier ending, rather new beginning! I hope Frobo does exceptionally well!

  10. Jill Fletcher says:

    This is awesome.  KUDOS to FroBo and Kilo!!!  Dogs are angels sent to us from Heaven!!!I will support FroBo by buying one.  I love hearing stories like this.  Much love to Kilo; a true doggie hero! 

    • StubbyDog says:

       @Jill Fletcher Thanks Jill! It’s such an inspiring story and one of bravery, kindness and fate. All wrapped up in a happy ending with a fantastic product!

  11. alapp1212 says:

    This is a wonderful story. Everything happens for a reason even if we dont understand. Much love to Kilo and his parents. Andrew … your an Angel in disguise!!

  12. lilpenny_21 says:

    AMAZING story!!! So happy that in the end, good things happened to great people and dogs! Kilo is my hero!

  13. A story for the books! Highest honors for Kilo. What a wonderful pup! I am so glad to learn he is alive and well. Congratulations to him and his family. Andrew, you are a blessing to this family.
    I’m currently w/o a dog {for me there is only one breed… yep, the bully breed} but as soon as I am able to have another, mine will also get a “Frobo”. How cool is that.


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