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Case ID: 10511
Classification: Shooting
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007

County: Alameda

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

Case Updates: 5 update(s) available

Buffy, a 7-year-old German shepherd, jumped in harm's way to protect her owner when he was robbed outside their East Oakland home on Jan 10 night.

The dog managed to fend off the assailant, but not before he shot the animal in the leg.

Now, Buffy is awaiting surgery and may lose the limb, Lagree Bartley, 49, said.

"She just had an instinct and she jumped him," Bartley said. "All we know is that he shot at her twice. He hit her once and her leg may have to be amputated."

The incident happened at about 7:15 p.m. Jan 10 when Bartley's husband, whose name she didn't want released, left his cell phone store near 92nd Avenue and International Boulevard in East Oakland.

Bartley said she believes the robber followed her husband in a car to their home near 96th Avenue and Olive Street, about six blocks away.

As her husband got out of his car to open a gate at their home, Buffy, who was in the yard, bounded up to him in her usual greeting, Bartley said.

But as Bartley's husband started to get back into his car, he was accosted by a gunman who pointed a weapon at his chest, Bartley said.

The assailant, who at that point didn't realize Buffy was there, robbed him of his wallet, which included about $400, credit cards and his identification, Bartley said.

At that point, Buffy sprang into action.

"She jumped and lunged at the guy with the gun, and he turned from my husband and shot her in the left front leg," Bartley said.

The gunman fled on foot and may have gotten into a white Pontiac, she said.

Oakland police today confirmed the robbery and shooting and an investigation was ongoing.

As investigators searched for the gunman, Buffy was awaiting surgery at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in San Leandro. Doctors there were not immediately available to discuss the dog's condition.

Bartley is hoping for the best for a pet that's been part of the family since the animal was just six weeks old. Buffy is naturally very protective, Bartley said.

"She's been given love and she gives love," she said. "No matter who's in front of her, she won't let children fight each other, she won't let me get to close to my husband if we're playing -- she's against violence, period."

Bartley said she and her husband have contemplated whether to leave their home of three decades because of recent violence in the area.

"I have confined myself so much, we came to the point where we wanted to move after 30 years. We put up gates -- there were no fence or gates when we moved here -- we've seen it evolve into what it is now," Bartley said.

"We just keep with the Lord, keep with God," she said. "I'm very religious. At this point, last night, we didn't know if we should run or we should stay."


Case Updates

Buffy, the German shepherd who was shot in the leg while fending off a gunman robbing her owner in East Oakland, was put to sleep Thursday following complications resulting from her act of courage, her owners said.

The beloved 7-year-old dog had a previously undiagnosed kidney problem that was exacerbated by the loss of blood after she was shot, said Lagree Bartley, 49, whose husband was robbed last month outside their home.

"Everything was really attributed to the shooting," Bartley said Thursday, hours after doctors at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in San Leandro put Buffy down. "It's like a member of the family has died."

A week after being shot at the family's home near 96th Avenue and Olive Street, Buffy underwent hours of surgery, during which doctors saved her leg. Buffy eventually went home but had to return to the hospital twice because of various complications. In recent days, she grew weak and stopped eating, Bartley said. "She wasn't herself," she said. "She was not in her right mind."

A grief-stricken Will Bartley, 44, said Thursday, "It's not a good day for me. I'm just devastated. I'm just so hurt."

At about 7 p.m. on Jan. 10, he left the cell-phone store he owns near 92nd Avenue and International Boulevard and was apparently followed to his home, where a gunman robbed him of $400, credit cards and his identification.

That's when Buffy ran from the yard and jumped onto the gunman, who fired two shots. One shot hit the dog in her left forelimb. It wasn't known if Buffy bit or injured the robber. No arrests have been made.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Feb 16, 2007
Update posted on Feb 16, 2007 - 4:39PM 
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting of Buffy, the Oakland German Shepherd who came to her owner's defense during an armed robbery earlier this month.

According to the Oakland Police Department, Will Bartley had just returned home from work when he was confronted by a gunman who demanded his wallet and money. Bartley's dog Buffy saw what was happening and lunged at the gunman, who turned and fired two shots at Buffy, striking her once in the left front leg. The robber then fled on foot, leaving Buffy in a pool of blood. Buffy is currently at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in San Leandro, recovering from surgery to repair her severely injured leg. The total reward in this case is now $7,500.

The Oakland Police Department is investigating this case. Anyone with information in this case is asked to call their Robbery Division at (510) 238-3326 or Crime Stoppers at (510) 238-6946.
Source: HSUS Press Release - Jan 25, 2007
Update posted on Jan 26, 2007 - 2:49PM 
Surgeons have successfully saved the leg of Buffy, a seven-year-old German shepherd who was shot while defending her owner from a robber.
Buffy was shot in her left front leg by an armed man who approached Oakland resident Will Bartley in his driveway last week and demanded his wallet.

The dog lunged at the mugger, who fired off two shots before fleeing with Bartley's credit cards and 400 dollars.

No arrests have been made in the incident.
Source: KESQ - Jan 17, 2007
Update posted on Jan 18, 2007 - 12:08AM 
Things are looking better for Buffy, the 7-year-old German shepherd shot last week when the dog tried to save her master during a robbery in front of his house near 96th Avenue and Olive Street in East Oakland.

The gunman shot Buffy in the leg with a large caliber handgun and fled in a waiting car, leaving the loyal dog lying in the driveway, blood gushing from her body.

Buffy remains at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in San Leandro, her owner, Will Bartley, said Saturday. "Last night, it still looked bad; she wouldn't drink water or eat anything - even the chicken we brought her special. She loves chicken," he said.

Veterinarians told Bartley that if she keeps getting stronger, they can possibly do surgery on Buffy soon. She was shot at the crook of her leg and the surgeons want to try to fuse bones together to save her limb, he said. "In the worse case, they'll have to amputate," he said. "But I'm so happy she's doing better that it's made my day," Bartley said.

He said his family has received an overwhelming amount of e-mails and letters from people concerned about the dog. That's been really great, he said.

"We've had Buffy since she was a puppy. We picked her out. She was the little one in the litter," he said. "Why she would attack the guy puzzles me. She's always been mellow; she's good with babies and children. I guess she felt there was a problem and decided to do something about it."

The gunman held up Bartley in the driveway of his house as he returned home from work. The robber took his wallet and cash and then demanded more. At that point, Buffy, who had greeted Bartley a moment before, lunged at the gunman. The man fired two shots, then fled.

Bartley said the dog lost a great deal of blood and has been suffering from kidney problems and anemia. "But it looks like she's going in the right direction now," he said.

Police are keeping Bartley posted on the case, but there has not been an arrest so far, he said.

Cards and letters and donations for Buffy's care can be sent care of Bay Area Veterinary Specialists, 14790 Washington Ave., San Leandro, CA 94578.

Police are offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. Call police at (510) 238-3326 or Crime Stoppers at (510) 238-6946 with information.
Source: Inside Bay Area - Jan 14, 2007
Update posted on Jan 14, 2007 - 5:02PM 
Buffy has a shattered elbow and will likely have surgery today. Oakland police are still investigating the attack.
Source: NBC 11 - Jan 12, 2007
Update posted on Jan 12, 2007 - 10:45AM 

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