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Dog injured by M-80 explosive going home

May 30, 2012 |  9:06 am

A dog that was severely injured after an M-80 firecracker exploded while strapped to its back is being released to his home.

The owner said the dog, Dexter, is lucky to be alive. Last week two people strapped the explosive, which is illegal, to his back in Stockton. The dog suffered a gash on his back and burned skin.

His owner, Shukriyyah Albaaqee, said the dog had run away hours before he was found injured in the road.

"I'm so happy that he is coming home and that he has basically survived through this whole ordeal," Albaaqee said.

Even though Dexter is going home, he still has a lot of recovering to do.

"His hearing is impaired, so I am going to have to keep a really close eye on him, because his senses aren't going to be what they used to be," said Albaaqee.

Stockton police, who had called the dog Rocket until Albaaqee stepped forward, are still searching for those responsible.

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