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News - January 8, 2020

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

by Kate Bradshaw

Rambo, a 4-year-old male American terrier, was shot in his owner's Menlo Park yard by a man passing by on a bicycle the night of Dec. 29, police reported last week. After being taken to emergency veterinary services, the dog has returned home safely, and his family is organizing a fundraiser to pay to remove the bullet lodged in him.

Meanwhile, police continue to search for the man who shot Rambo and fled the scene.

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. A GoFundMe webpage was organized to help raise funds for Rambo's vet bills. His family is hoping to raise $8,000 to have the bullet removed from his shoulder area, and had raised $5,115 as of the afternoon of Jan. 6.

Access the fundraising page at

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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