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Resident's Dog Shot, Killed on Leverington Avenue

Megan Gambone describes broad daylight shooting in her yard.

The Gambone family's dog was shot and killed Saturday afternoon at their Roxborough home.

Megan Gambone said an unknown person fatally shot the family's Labrador mix, Mr. Dogg, around 5:30 p.m. in their yard, on the 400 block of Leverington Avenue.

"Yes, we are sad that our dog died. But what was more troubling is the fact that someone shot a gun in my yard, in broad daylight, when we had children in our home," she said.

The resident said her friend and his daughters were visiting Gambone and her daughter March 24 in the early evening. When company comes over, Gambone or her husband usually put the dog outside until people become acclimated. Mr. Dogg is known to bark.

Ten minutes later, she heard a pop, followed by a yelp.

"It didn't sound like a gun blast or a car backfiring. It was a pop louder than a BB-gun, but not blaring," she said.

Gambone ran outside to find the atmosphere calm.

"It was eerie, so quiet. There was no one running away. There was no car screeching," she said.

When she reached her front yard, she noticed Mr. Dogg was bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound. She tried to contain the bleeding with a towel and duct tape, and took him to the Veterinary Hospital University of Pennsylvania.

Her friend called the police to report the incident.

At the hospital, doctors took X-rays and found a bullet from a .22 caliber pistol. There was no exit wound, she said.

"The bullet punctured his lung and abdomen pretty badly. We had to have him euthanized," she said.

Later, she followed up with Philadelphia Police. There she learned there were no casings found, and they called it an isolated incident.

spokesperson Officer Jillian Russell said Monday that due to a lack of witnesses and more detailed information, police were unable to pursue much of an investigation. 

The Gambones moved to Roxborough five years ago, which is around the same time they adopted Mr. Dogg. She said they've never had any trouble with crime or their dog.

"It was my belief it was a safe neighborhood. That's why we moved her. I've never had any complaints until now," she said. 

She said she wanted neighbors to be aware of the incident, and posted info on it at the forum, EveryBlock.com. Click here to read the post.

Editor's note: An earlier version included Gambone's maiden name, and has been since changed to reflect her married name. Also, the article was changed to include clarified info on where the dog was found.

Debbie Thomas March 28, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Marc, your making people aware of what happened is very much appreciated. Whoever this was not only shot your dog, but also had no problem with firing a gun in a residential, high traffic and pedestrian area. I was out of town on Saturday, but if it was warm I'm sure plenty of people would take advantage and sit in their yards to enjoy the day. I still feel safe in Roxborough but it is a cause for concern when you know that somewhere in the neighborhood is a person walking around with a .22 caliber gun. However, I intend to stay for the foreseeable future because I love the area.
Robert April 01, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I was hit by a car at Manayunk train station and the guy give his name address.He broke my leg the police did nothing the guy took off . he hit ran and I am a person. Sorry about your dog I am a animal lover too.
Sam Fran Scavuzzo April 02, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Hi Robert. I'd like to talk to you about your incident, if you were interested. Feel free to call/email me, 215-740-6915 or samfran@patch.com.
k April 02, 2012 at 08:34 PM
You want to know why the police didn't do an investigation??? Because the 5th district police do NOTHING but ride around chatting on their cell phones, chatting up pretty young things and napping in their cars...yes, NAPPING!!! I've seen it all and actually called up to the 5th to report it and nothing is ever done. The 5th district is where police come to retire or re-coop from a disability. My father recently called for assistance when he saw a man doing something in the neighborhood (not going to mention circumstances). It took the police 45 minutes to get there and by that time they said there was nothing they could do because they didn't see what my father saw. DUH! If they would've been there when he called, this scum would've been off the streets! Sorry to vent; the local police are one of the reasons why I want to move out of this neighborhood that I was born and raised in!
pam February 22, 2013 at 07:02 PM
If that was my dog I would meet with your district attorney. Just a few hours ago, it was announced that the man who shot and killed his neighbors two dogs would be charged. The cases are different, as these dogs were actually on this man's property. Your police department needs to reopen this case and find the person who committed this crime. If they refuse, I would start a petition on change.org to "encourage" your local police to find your dog's killer.

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