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Menlo Park dog survives gunshot, but family needs funds to pay vet bills

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The family of Rambo, a 4-year-old male American terrier that was shot in his owner's Menlo Park yard last week, is on its way to raising funds needed to remove the bullet from the dog's body.

Rambo was shot by a man on a bicycle who fled the scene the night of Dec. 29, and police are still searching for him. After being taken to emergency veterinary services, the dog returned home safely, and his family has raised more than $5,000 of the needed $8,000 needed to pay to remove the bullet lodged in him, according to a GoFundMe fundraising webpage.

Menlo Park police officers responded to a call reporting gunfire on the 1100 block of Hollyburne Avenue in Menlo Park at around 8:40 p.m. that night. When they arrived, they found Rambo suffering from a gunshot wound that the owner was tending.

The owner reported that he had seen an unknown Hispanic male in his teens or early 20s, wearing a black hooded jacket and dark colored pants, riding a dark-colored mountain bike by his home.

When the young man saw the dog in the owner's yard, he allegedly stopped his bike, pulled out a handgun, and fired a shot at the dog before fleeing. He was reportedly last seen riding northbound on Pierce Road.

The owner said Rambo was shot for no apparent reason, police said.

Access the fundraising page here.

Police are actively investigating the incident and ask anyone who might have information about the case or who witnessed the incident to call the police department at (650) 330-6300 or the anonymous tip hotline at (650) 330-6395.


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7 people like this
Posted by Vague
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jan 8, 2020 at 1:02 pm

What a vague article. Why is this even news? If the dog was shot in late December and the bullet is still in the dog, it's clearly not an emergency situation. I'd like more detail on the medical situation of the dog, and why a Go Fund Me has been set up. Secondly, most veterinary hospitals will accept a payment plan. If the family has already raised 5K, I would like to know if they have explored this option. Which veterinary hospital is involved? Why is this surgery so expensive? That seems excessive for a non-emergency situation.

12 people like this
Posted by VagueII
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jan 8, 2020 at 1:06 pm

I've just looked at the radiographs on the GoFundMe site. That does not look like a $5,000 removal job---the bullet is very shallow. Kate Bradshaw, it would be great if you could explore this situation further, [portion removed]. Please identify which veterinary hospital is involved, and find out more about the actual estimates involved. It's your responsibility as a reporter to get all the facts of the situation before publishing something asking for donations. Thank you.

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