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Dog who survived 2006 shooting dies

Posted September 28, 2009

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— A dog who survived a shooting in 2006 has died, his owner said.

Truman was first in the news when a Raleigh police officer answering a report of a dangerous dog shot him in the ear. Truman suffered a ruptured eardrum; the officer, R.A. Smith, was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Meredith Phillips said Truman recovered from the shooting to live another 3 ½ years before his recent death.


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  • Iworkforaliving Sep 28, 2009

    bummer, at least he lived as long as he did. Rather someone shoot me than my dog, I shoot back.

  • tinker11212 Sep 28, 2009

    smdh @ wral

  • HereswhatIthink Sep 28, 2009

    I am so sorry for this families loss. It is so hard to lose a member of your family.

    Hmm - I wonder is it only the mean and evil people who seem to be so afraid of a dog that they would rather shoot it than not? There are many more scary people walking around out there than dogs and we can't just walk around shooting them.

  • concerncitizen Sep 28, 2009

    The dog died from a ruptured eardrum or what? My 7 year old granddaughter write better than this!

  • uncwgirl02 Sep 28, 2009

    Aww...I remember when that story came out several years ago. Beautiful dog...

  • I guess I will just type this Sep 28, 2009

    oh yeah, chocolate labs are known for being killer dogs aren't they:)

  • SkepticalGirl Sep 28, 2009

    This was a pretty big story on WRAL a few years ago. They are doing their job by following up on it whether the dog died of complications of the shooting or not. It's called "human interest story." If you aren't interested, don't read it.

  • working for deadbeats Sep 28, 2009

    If a vicious animal of any kind is on your PRIVATE property DO NOT call 911. Handle it yourself.

  • working for deadbeats Sep 28, 2009

    Wow...seriously 'RAL? This is one of the most pathetic atempts at either getting the public fired up or taking a shot at the police (excuse the pun) or both. So did the shooting have anything to do with the dogs death or does it just make for a great headline, we brought it to you first, you'll only see it here and stay tuned for continuing coverage story?

  • SkepticalGirl Sep 28, 2009

    I'm sorry to hear about Truman. It's never easy to lose a pet.