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Cops Shoot Friendly Family Dog, See What Happened Next

Friends and family of a 3-year-old dog shot by police Saturday have raised nearly $6,000 to cover the cost of vet bills.

A Pennsylvania community has rallied behind a dog who was shot by police after she escaped her yard this weekend.

The friends and family of Lola, a 3-year-old boxer mastiff shot by Hatboro police Saturday, started an online fundraising page to help offset the cost of vet bills and have nearly reached their $6,000 goal.

The GoFundMe page, created Saturday, has raised more $5,875 as of Wednesday morning.

According to a summary on the page, Lola was shot in the leg by police Saturday after she left her yard and approached a neighbor in a “friendly manner.” She will need surgery, which the family says is estimated to cost approximately $6,000.

“Lola's life is now on the line over a senseless act of violence,” the GoFundMe page reads.

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However, local police tell a different story.

Police Chief James Gardner told The Intelligencer that the dog was at large and became aggressive with three women who were trying to get control of it. When police arrived, it charged at an officer, who then fired four times, The Intelligencer reported.

However, neighbors told the publication that Lola is “loving” and “energetic” and not aggressive with neighborhood dogs. 

The incident remains under investigation.

UPDATE: Lola's owner announced the dog had surgery and is home recovering. 

Archie June 03, 2014 at 10:27 PM
Doug, you use the term "pig" a lot. Is that what your father called your mother when you were growing up in an abused home?
Marilyn Marrone June 04, 2014 at 12:52 AM
I have a big dog and sometimes, no matter how careful I am, he'll get away on me. I chase him down but he knows he's wrong and won't come. Luckily a neighbor catches him. He's just a big friendly dog and loves everyone and I don't give him the opportunity to mingle to often. The most he'll do his slobber and kiss you to death. I'm more frightened on the little ankle biters. I thought the cops had tasers. That would have stopped him instead of shooting him. But a least they didn't shoot to kill and I commend them for that part.
MaryLynn Bertetto June 04, 2014 at 07:10 AM
Try an obedience class. I have a foster 'ankle biter' & that class rehabilitated all sizes!
Tito DeTurro June 05, 2014 at 04:28 PM
When all the facts of the case are learned and we see the true picture of what happened in the incidents involving this dog, are all of you going to apologize to the cops? Do you think that after this lovely family is found guilty of being the terrible dog owners that they are, is the Patch going to do a front page "hit piece" about them in the same way they have done so far with the cops?
Gordo K June 06, 2014 at 11:50 PM
"the terrible dog owners that they are" - So, Tito, are you going to share with us the "true picture"?

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