Three-year-old Doja was recovering Monday after the boxer-mix was shot and badly wounded in the middle of the afternoon in her own front yard in Perris.
"It's a miracle," said dog owner Andrew Grant. "The amount of blood she lost, there is no reason why she should be here right now, but she is."
Grant was at work Thursday afternoon when the shooting took place. His grandmother, who also lives at the home, didn't hear the shots but saw the results.
"When I got out of the shower, my little dog was raising heck at the front door," said Sharon Wood. "So I opened the door, and she was right there just covered with blood."
Wood put a compression bandage on Doja's chest and rushed her to the vet.
"It punctured her lung, she has shrapnel in her legs still and her chest," Grant said. "This neighborhood is full of children and animals and something like this should not happen."
The family has already spent more than $5,000 on vet bills and fear there will be more expensive surgeries ahead that they won't be able to pay for.
They filed a report with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department but tell KTLA that since there were no witnesses there isn't much detectives can do.
"We have neighbors who reported hearing gunshots and a crying animal but didn't see anything," Grant said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with Doja's medical bills.