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Police: Dog Shot Dead In Roxborough Family’s Yard

By Jericka Duncan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Roxborough family is mourning the loss of their family dog after someone shot their Lab-mix in the stomach with a shotgun.

“He was still walking around and bleeding from the side and the blood was squirting out,” described the dog’s owner, Marc Gambone.

It happened on Saturday night around 5:30 p.m. Marc wasn’t there at the time, but his wife, his, 18-month-old daughter, a family friend and two other children were inside the Leverington Avenue home. He says he met his wife at University of Pennsylvania Veterinarian Hospital.

“He barked at me, which was good, I was encouraged,” said Gambone.

But the doctor’s X-ray’s revealed serious problems for the 55-pound dog. The Gambones’ adopted him from a shelter five years ago.

“He (the doctor) said, ‘if it’s in the belly, we’re in trouble,'” explained Gambone. “That’s where they found the shotgun bullet.”

Doctor’s recommended they put “Mr. Dogg” down because he was in pain and there was no guarantee the dog would feel better.

Marc says the hardest part is trying to explain to his little girl that the dog she’s known since birth, is no longer around.

“The next morning she wakes up and says ‘doggie, doggie,’ my wife just told her, ‘he went bye bye,’” said Gambone.

The neighborhood where the Gambones’ live is filled with dogs. Marc thinks it’s possible someone may have targeted his pet because it often barked.

“If the dog was annoying you, you could have come to us,” decried Gambone. “Dogs don’t know any better, they bark, that’s what they do.”

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  • Megan

    There are ways to anonymously file a complaint if a dog is barking too much. If the person did not feel comfortable talking to the owners then they should have filed a complaint.

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  • susan

    lets think about this, does it make sense, what if the child or parent was out in the yard…..and who cares if a dog barks…that is what they do…responsible or not. no reason to shoot the poor thing, what if the shooter talked to much, should we just shoot him…pathetic..

  • Vince

    The Roxborough that I grew up in is long gone. Roxborough-Manayunk is a shadow of it’s former self.

  • southeasterner

    Gene, why is it obvious it was a rifle? Shotguns can fire slugs, which are essentially larger caliber bullets. You don’t always have to use buckshot (tiny BBs) in a shotgun. Granted, the dog probably would not have made it out of the yard after being hit with a slug, but you don’t know how it hit him, etc. So it is possible it was a shotgun slug..

    The owner said, “you can just come to the owners…” Well, if you’re dog is barking and you are not deaf, you should handle it yourself. Some people don’t want to start a conversation that only leads to bad feelings and confrontation. Assuming that someone didn’t just do it for sick fun of course.

    It’s shame for the dog…

    • kate

      so if the “offended One” didn’t want to confront his neighbor about the dog barking the better thing to do is shoot the dog?? what kind of thinking is that.
      some people complain just to complain. and others would complain if the dog barked twice.
      bottom line this is a sick person who took a gun and shot the dog without trying to speak to the owners. the family should not have to go through this and certainly not the dog.

  • Harriet

    I feel sorry for the family. And in a neighborhood with tons of dogs, it’s really easy for a non-dog-lover to blame the wrong dog for barking excessively (if it even was barking much). While I doubt they’ll ever catch the guy, I hope they do and give him whatever the maximum is. Some of my friends and family think I’m nuts that when my dogs are outside in our barkyard, that I am ALWAYS out there with them. But I just don’t trust people… probably because when I was just four years old, a neighbor poisoned our family dog with rat poison. There have always been creeps and probably always will be. It’s our job as “pet parents” to do our best to protect our pets from cruel, sick people like whoever shot this dog.

  • Megan

    This was not a dog that barked excessively. It was reported that he was only in the yard for 10 minutes when this happened and he is not the type of dog left in the yard for extended periods of time.

  • Hater

    There are ways to stop your dog from barking excessively. Sad it had to come to this. I’m guessing 22 pistol.

  • Dan Moher

    Whoever did this was a coward. Get a life. My thoughts are with the family. Long may you run!

  • vesperel

    i feel for the family, nobody should have to worry about their dog getting shot in their own yard. but there is no such thing as a .22 gauge shotgun. a .22 is a rifle.

  • Gene

    Obviously, the dog was shot with a rifle, not a shotgun!

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