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Police responding to house alarm fire shots at homeowner's dogs

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis woman says police officers shot one of her two rescued dogs.

The second dog, also possibly wounded, fled the yard and is still missing.

Anna Bolton says Memphis police arrived at her home on at the corner of Midland and Eastland Thursday morning after her house alarm sounded.

Bolton rushed home from work to find her gate open and her dogs missing.

Police told Bolton they didn't know where the dogs were. They failed to mention they had shot her yellow lab mix, Bing, who had crawled back into the house through a doggie door.

"I go in there and had to find my dog laying there covered with blood with a bullet hole to her chest," Bolton said. "That's the only way I found out with my own two eyes, and I had to say 'what happened to my dog?' "

Police later issued a statement saying the dogs had charged at two officers, who each fired one round.

Bing was wounded, and Violet, a black lab mix, escaped from the yard and hasn't been seen since. Bolton says Violet may have been shot, too.

"My greatest fear is that my dog is going in shock somewhere out in the rain. I'm very upset," she said.

Bolton says her dogs have never bitten or attacked anyone and were likely just protecting their backyard from strangers.

"When I walk this neighborhood, other people's dogs run to the fence. They may bark loudly, but that doesn't mean they're going to attack anybody - they're protecting their territory," she said.

Bolton says Bing is recovering from her gunshot wound at a local animal hospital.

She also says she's concerned that incidents like this are happening with more frequency.

"It seems to me that this has happened in the Memphis area three or more times in the last six months," she said.

Bolton is hoping someone will find Violet and bring her home. She asks anyone who has seen Violet to call (901) 201-1502.


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