Would-be intruder shoots little girl’s dog in the eye with BB gun


A young Albuquerque girl is holding onto her best friend extra tight. Her furry pal was trying to protect the family from burglars and ended up needing surgery.

“She is my best friend. Me and her are just not…we don’t stick apart from each other,” says Miriah Cadena.

‘She’ is Rosie, and the pair is inseparable.

“I love my dog a lot. She just makes me feel more comfortable,” Cadena says.

Last Wednesday, 8-year-old Miriah Cadena was scared she wouldn’t ever see her best friend again.

“I guess Rosie was just barking, barking, barking and she got shot with a BB gun in her eye,” she says.

Miriah’s mom, Stephanie Wells, says an intruder came into her neighbor’s yard early that morning near Coors and Montano. Rosie made it loud and clear the intruder wasn’t welcome.

“They didn’t want to grab attention, so they basically shot my dog…my daughter’s dog… in her eye,” says Wells.

Rosie’s barking and the single shot can be heard on the family’s security video.

Wells first noticed Rosie’s face was bleeding, then realized her eye was hit.

“All our dog was doing was doing what she was supposed to do, and protect her family,” she says

Rosie was a gift to Miriah who suffers from anxiety attacks. When she found out what happened to Rosie, Wells says Miriah was crushed.

“They couldn’t save her eye. They ended up having to do the surgery and have her eye removed,” says Wells.

Wells says Rosie’s sacrifice paid off.

“She did what she was supposed to do. She protected her family and she definitely scared whoever it was away,” she says.

Miriah says Rosie is back to being her loving self after the traumatic encounter with a downright horrible person.

“Please don’t shoot any other dogs in this world. They are very friendly,” says Miriah.

According to Wells, the intruders who trespassed on the neighbor’s property did not take anything. She believes Rosie’s barking scared them off.

The family has created a GoFundMe page to help with Rosie’s vet bills.

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