Dog missing after police fired shots returns home - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Dog missing after police fired shots returns home

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Violet has returned home safely.

The black lab-mix was found Saturday night hiding under a neighbor's deck. She appears to be in good health.

Violet went missing Thursday after she was shot at by Memphis police responding to a burglar alarm at the home of Anna Bolton in High Point Terrace.

Officers fired shots at both Violet and her companion, Bing, a yellow lab-mix.

Wounded, Bing was treated at an animal hospital and later returned home.

Police claim the two dogs charged at them when they entered the backyard, but Bolton said the dogs have never shown aggression towards anyone.

A Memphis Police Department spokesperson said officers have fired shots at 48 dogs since the beginning of the year.

Bolton said she was touched when droves of people in the community volunteered to help locate Violet.

"My phone is ringing off the hook with people trying to help - e-mail, Facebook - I've just been bombarded in a good way, and I'm so appreciative," she said Friday.

Earlier Saturday, Lashira McClain was charged with attempting to extort money from Bolton.

Police say McClain falsely claimed she had found Violet.

McClain will appear in court Monday.


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