Mirko Cro Cop comes to rescue of dog shot by hitman
Wait, there are dog hitmen? Apparently in Croatia, there are, and it's all part of a bizarre story that ends with former UFC star Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic coming to the rescue.
According to Croatia's Jutarnji, the story began last Sunday when a dog owner paid a dog hitman four pounds ($7) to have the pooch shot and thrown into a river instead of 30 pounds ($50) to have him euthanized. The pup was shot, but survived the gunshot blasts as well as the waters of the Drava.
A couple of local fisherman happened to be out enjoying themselves when they allegedly spotted Olly and pulled him out.
"I saw the dog floating like a log in front of us and suddenly the front paw began moving as if it was waving to us," Pawel Brodzy told Jutarnji.
The dog was apparently in bad shape, so they drove him to an animal hospital, where he eventually had surgery to treat wounds to both his head and legs.
Fortunately for him, he had a well-heeled benefactor. Mirko Cro Cop, the longtime MMA star and former UFC fighter, donated the cost of the operation.
The dog he saved, since nicknamed "Lucky," is expected to recover within one or two months, according to the hospital that performed the operation on him.
There's been no word from Cro Cop on why he came forward to donate the money, but that's no surprise. The 39-year-old, who split with the UFC at the end of 2011, is notoriously media averse. Once one of the top-ranked MMA heavyweights in the world, Cro Cop was known for head kicks that he nicknamed, "Right leg hospital, left leg cemetery" for their knockout power. His last fight came in kickboxing in March, when he lost to Remy Bonjasky in a disputed split-decision.
As for the hitman, identified as Dragutin Janicar by Jutarnji, his execution was sloppy all-around. At the scene of the crime, his car was spotted by Olly's original rescuers, who had the presence of mind to jot down his car information. Janicar is expected to be charged and face jail time on animal cruelty charges, so the story appears to have a happy ending all around.