Laura Martinez and her family found an abandoned Great Pyrenees puppy alone on the side of a Texas highway. They named him Zero, after Jack Skellington’s spooky ghost dog in Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Zero was just one month old back then and injured with a limp due to a broken ankle. The vet advised them to put him down as he wouldn’t stand a chance.
The family did otherwise, and they decided to raise the rescued puppy. Laura’s children built a strong bond with Zero, and they believed that they were meant to find him.
Three years later, Zero died saving the entire family’s lives.
Martinez’ daughter celebrated her 12th birthday on March 10. There were more than a dozen visitors aged 5 to 10 partying with the family. The Martinez family hanged out grilling hotdogs and hamburgers. An unexpected visitor suddenly arrived.
It was 17-year-old Javian Castaneda. Castaneda allegedly broke into the house and stole cash and some jewelry. Witnesses said Castaneda and the family started fighting and Martinez asked him to leave.
Castaneda hit Laura in the face, and one of her sons began fighting back. Castaneda pulled out a gun and started aiming at the family members. Castaneda fired at least nine shots injuring most of the family members.
Zero sprung at Castaneda after his first shot, but he got shot chest and kept shooting at everyone else. Zero bit him in the arm as he tried to stop Castaneda while he got back up and.
Castaneda fired another shot hitting Zero’s ear. Then he fired at Martinez’ stepdaughter twice in the back.
Zero never lost determination and gave Castaneda a final sprung before taking another bullet in her stomach. Martinez ran toward Zero, and Castaneda shot her in the leg and fled the scene.
The people who saw the shooting took the family to the hospital and Zero to the vet. But this time, they had no choice but to put him down.
Two weeks later, the family struggled with the cost of hospital bills and future surgery. They had set up a |Go Fund Me” page.
Martinez said that the most significant loss will always be Zero, whom they’ll miss snuggling in bed with her or lying under her feet.
The family memorialized Zero in their front yard. Some signs will remind everyone of a pooch who proved his nickname twice, “Zero our Hero.”
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