Intruders shoot special needs boy and paralyze his dog

A dog, believed to be defending his owner, was paralyzed when intruders broke into a home in North Charleston, South Carolina. The incident, which took place on June 1, also resulted in a gun-shot wound to 17-year-old Zymaine Nelson, who has Downs Syndrome.

Nelson is still in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to his leg and his dog, Cowboy, is in need of surgery for his injury.

On June 3, the Facebook page for North Charleston High School Athletics wrote:

This is Zymaine Nelson, one of North Charleston’s Exceptional Cougars and a proud member of North Charleston’s Club Unify and Special Olympics. He has Down’s Syndrome and is non-verbal, but his joyous spirit can light up a room. If you’ve never met him, you’re truly missing out on a wonderful young man.

Zymaine was shot this weekend during a home invasion and is currently in intensive care. His dog, Cowboy, protected him and very well may have saved his life.


Please consider supporting the family’s efforts to raise funds to pay for Zymaine’s medical expenses.

As reported by ABC News, the authorities are searching for two men who are believed to be responsible for this crime. One man is described as a slender, 20-something black male who was wearing black pants and a white shirt. The other person is described as a slender black male, in his mid-to-late 20s, who was wearing a black shorts and a black shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.

GoFundMe can be found at this link.

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