A retired police dog is still clinging to life after a break-in at a Florida Highway Patrol trooper's home near West Palm Beach Sunday, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff's detectives.
A 16-year-old armed burglary suspect was arrested and two others are being sought after Drake, a German shepherd, was shot during the break-in. Drake was still in critical condition Thursday afternoon.
The burglary happened Sunday around 10 p.m. at Trooper Robert Boody's home near Jog Road and Belvedere Road, investigators said.
Boody was not home at the time but Drake, who lives with Boody, started barking during the break-in.
"When I initially saw the scene at the house I initially assumed that the dog was going to be dead," Boody said. "I was relieved to find him alive."
One of the suspects shot through the sliding glass door several times, wounding Drake, according to the arrest report.
The suspects then entered through a back window and encountered the wounded, whimpering dog in the master bedroom. One suspect shot Drake again and left him for dead before they all ran away, the report stated.
One of the three juvenile suspects was arrested on Wednesday for the armed burglary and felony cruelty to animals. He was already on probation for burglary and grand theft, records show.
Boody said he has received an "unbelievable" response in his search for answers and Drake's treatment.
"I can't express my appreciation enough for the hospital here, the hospital that provided his emergency care, everybody that's expressed concern and made donations," Boody said. " It's just been overwhelming for me and him."
Drake is battling to survive his wounds but took a turn for the worse by Wednesday evening, investigators said.
"He is strong and I know they're doing everything that they can do," Boody said.