Young pit bull shot three times recovering in Muncie

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The owner of a young pit bull shot during a June home break-in in Muncie says her dog is on the mend.

Police arrested 19-year-old Christopher Dent for burglary and animal cruelty charges in the case. A judge set his bond at $25,000.

Dent broke into a house in the 2100 block of South Monroe Street, according to police. Megan Vaughn said they ransacked her home, destroying her television, furniture and everything inside. Her pit bull, Kream, was shot three times.

PHOTO: 19-year-old Christopher Dent, II

"I'm like, 'What's wrong?' They were like, 'There were gunshots fired and lots of blood'," Vaughn remembered.

A group of young men targeted the wrong home and broke into Vaughn’s house in broad daylight. Kream was shot in his front paw, his shoulder and right above his eye. A bullet is still lodged in his head.

"I didn't know how he was alive, let alone how he was just acting. And when he saw me, he just jumped on me and started attacking me with kisses. And it meant the most," Vaughn said.

After the crime, animal control stepped in. Animal Control Officer Kris Clapper rushed Kream to the vet.

"All I can say about the dog is he was still standing after all the gun shots. Still standing," Clapper said.

PHOTO: "Kream" playing with her owner six weeks after the robbery

Soon after the break in, Vaughn said her landlord told her she could no longer stay in her home, meaning Kream has to live with friends for now. She is looking for a new home where Kream can stay.

"Kream's been nothing but a big baby since he was 6 weeks old," Vaughn said. "He's the best dog you could ask for unless it's about being a watch dog."

Vaughn is leaning on Kream to help her keep standing, and lend a few sweet smooches along the way.

"That's my soldier, my survivor, my blessing. How could I quit on him when he didn't quit on me?" said Vaughn.