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Community Rallies Behind Dog Shot by Police

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.

This photo of Lola the dog and her family appeared on the GoFundMe page.
This photo of Lola the dog and her family appeared on the GoFundMe page.

The community has rallied behind a dog in who was shot by Hatboro police this weekend.

The friends and family of Lola, a 3-year-old boxer mastiff shot by police Saturday near York and County Line roads, 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.

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. 

Joan Larkin May 29, 2014 at 02:51 PM
Police officers are too gun happy. If their first response to a dog coming toward them is to shoot, they will do the same to a person. Retrain or fire them!!!
Inigo Montoya May 30, 2014 at 03:59 PM
Joan, seeing as you are an expert on dog attacks, how would you have handled the situation? Would you just whisper the cuddly little guy into a state of sleepiness?
Dianne Wilson June 01, 2014 at 07:00 AM
I think we are too gun happy these days. Why did he have to shoot 4 times. Don't you think the office might need a little time on the firing range?
William Keyser June 01, 2014 at 09:16 AM
It's difficult to judge from a Patch Post but we see a recovering family pet surrounded by children who was shot at 4 times by a zealous cop on the complaint of 2 strange women trying to drag a big mutt and she growled at them. The whole situation smells but I am for suspending the cop, suing the township and those strange women for attempted theft then pack up and move. .

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