Dexter, a spaniel long-haired chihuahua mix who was severely injured by explosives that were strapped to his body and detonated, was reunited with his owner, Shukriyyah Albaaqee, after she saw reports of the dog on the news.
Police in Stockton, Calif. responded to reports on Wednesday that an explosive device had detonated and discovered an injured dog at the scene. They then discovered that someone had strapped the device to the dog and set it off.
The dog was rushed to a local animal hospital, where he was given the nickname "Rocket." According to ABC's Sacramento affiliate, KXTV, the dog was injured but in stable condition. He had a large, deep wound, roughly 10 inches long.
"It's quite a miracle that he's still alive right now," a veterinary worker told KXTV. "He's a trouper. He's a tough little guy."
Employees at the animal hospital did not believe Dexter was a stray.
Reports of the incident on the news led Shukriyyah Albaaqee to the animal hospital where she provided pictures and home video as proof that Dexter indeed belonged to her.
Dexter will stay at the animal hospital until at least next Tuesday while he heals.
RedRover, a national nonprofit animal protection organization based on Sacramento, is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever strapped the explosive to Dexter and detonated the device.
If you have any information regarding the situation, please contact the Stockton Police Dept at (209) 937-8377.