VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — A police officer's 3-year old pit bull that was shot during a burglary is expected to make a full recovery.

Officer Scurry and his wife, Kassandra spoke to 13News Now as they were about to check on Zulu, the family pet.

"I know he's strong enough that he's going to pull through," Kassandra said.

Last Sunday, Officer Scurry was in his Gravenhurst Drive home with his 12-year-old daughter when he heard burglars at the door.

Zulu stepped into action, scaring them off.

"We got him for the purpose of protection," said Officer Scurry. "We wanted a protector for our family and most importantly our daughter, so we thought about it hard."

The dog was shot once near his back leg.

The family credits Zulu for saving their lives.

"He deterred the situation from what it could have been and it wasn't one of us who took the bullet," the officer said.

"He saved my daughter's life. He saved my husband's life," said Kassandra, who wasn't at the home when it happened. "I started to walk into my home and I saw blood....and it was very scary seeing that."

The couple was reunited with the dog Tuesday at the vet and saw a recovery they were not expecting. Zulu's now expected to go home by Christmas.

"He's the same old Zulu now," said Officer Scurry. "Now I can really go tell my daughter...'He's coming home!' And we know for sure he's coming home."

Police have charged a 17-year-old boy after an armed burglary at the home of a police officer Sunday night ended with a dog being shot.

Officer Scurry said the rest of the suspects were in custody, but their names and information have not been released.

If anyone is interested in helping Zulu, they are asked to contact BluePearl Veterinary Partners at (757) 499-5463.

There is also a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for Zulu's vet bills.