A crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe for the dog Moses (a chocolate Labrador) was started on November 4th after he was shot by a police officer in the town of Woodville, Ohio. Witnesses were stunned when the officer shot the dog in the leg when it didn’t appear to be making any threatening movements whatsoever. Moses is still recovering.
Moses is known to the public as being a gentle dog who greets customers at Lockport Transportation. His owners Lauren and Thomas Bischoff both work there and often bring him to the office. Moses would approach most people and it is assumed this is why he approached the police officer during a traffic stop at the end of the parking lot. The officer yelled at the dog to stop and then shot the dog above the paw.
The good news is that after only 4 days, the campaign has reached its goal of $5000 and Moses will get his operation! The campaign was started by Lauren, Moses’ owner and is aiming to cover any future medical bills, medication and legal costs. The campaign can be found here for those interested.
People who saw the incident are disputing the officers claim that the dog looked threatening. The incident was reviewed by a panel of law enforcement officers and he was cleared in a day, but there appear to be holes in his story. The officer’s voluntary statement shown here says he saw the dog as “focused on a target,” but Mrs. Bischoff claims that the officer told her directly that Moses was not acting aggressively. The twist though, is that the officer works in the K-9 unit and should have been able to tell threatening actions from harmless ones.
Lauren Bischoff is pictured above next to Alex Wagner who carried the dog to safety.
The incident is terrible, however it’s always wonderful to see people come together to help one another. Lets hope that Moses keeps recovering and can put this whole thing behind him.