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Senior Arthritic Labrador Shot Dead by Police

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Senior Arthritic Labrador Shot Dead by Police

Could you imagine coming home after running errands and finding a handwritten note on your front door left by your local police that says “Police responded to your residence to investigate a burglar alarm. While circling the rear perimeter, lab advanced on officers in a threatening manner before being shot and killed.”

That’s what happened to Mary Kate Hallock in Oakland, California on September 28th. The Yellow Labrador Retriever was Gloria, an 11 year old arthritic dog who was known to love everyone and everything. She was shot three times and killed while in the line of duty, protecting her property. Mary Kate is a school teacher and she used to take Gloria to the classroom with her. The students all adored her and Gloria just loved everyone she met.

I didn’t personally know Gloria, but I sobbed when I first heard this story. I have a middle aged Yellow Labrador, and I know that Sanchez would bark profusely if an uninvited visitor entered his backyard. But, I also know if that uninvited visitor brought a piece of chicken or cheese with him, he’d be his best friend for life and never forget him. So why did the Oakland police officer pull out a gun instead of a milkbone?

Gloria (pictured above) was a member of the Hallock family – with parents Ward and Mary Kate and siblings Matthew and Isabel. I spoke with Mary Kate Hallock, owner of Gloria, earlier this week. I asked her what her initial reaction was to the note. “Total disbelief. I read it eight or ten times and couldn’t understand what the note was saying. I was completely frozen. I was afraid to go downstairs, in fear that I would see Gloria’s dead body.

“Ward went to pick up Gloria’s dead body the next day, so we could say good-bye. We are a family of five, not four. Three weeks after the incident, my children still expect Gloria to just walk back in their lives. And I still haven’t been able to obtain a police report. I would love to know how this happened. Was there any struggle? I’m trying not to jump to any conclusions, but three weeks ago a sergeant told me that as soon as the police report was available, it would be delivered to us. I was told it just needed to be reviewed by higher ups because force was involved. It makes me suspicious that I still haven’t seen the report.”

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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5:11PM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

Again a senseless avoidable dog is killed by men in uniform.
First we need cops that are honest,, good luck.
if an arthritic lab was a threat, the officer needs to get a different job.
Also, police need to know about dogs and how they think; like duh, dogs are on their turf protecting their turf, so the cop is the trespasser.
Then if an officer has no dog of his own, they better get some " dog experience" under their belt and stop being chicken shit.

3:29AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

I would hope more training every where could take place. We need
to find out if police even have a heart. Lately I've been thinking that
they do not.

2:12PM PST on Feb 19, 2014

We read of officers that cried at the death of rocco , then even more police KILLING INNOCENT dogs. its time police were vetted as to who is best for training dogs and working with them. Police can ruin good dogs in training if they arte the wrong person,then the dogs ate killed off or mis treated .All because of one wrong officer.Once again the innocent die at the hands of the guilty. WRONG A CRIME DEATH ATTACK ABUSE ARE all crimes and the law should remember this uphold it not abuse it.

5:32AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

"Threatening maner" Off course! He was protecting his home from invaders!!! He only wanted them to back up!!
We need urgently to train police officers to learn how to deal with dogs instead of killing them, in the name of the law!!!

10:16AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

This still makes my blood boil. I have a senior Labbie and I don't know that I could hold back my anger if a cop shot my boy. I'd probably be in jail for assault.

11:16AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

How horrible! And then to come home TO A NOTE!
I tell you things have gotten carried away....I and my husband
watched "Cops" one night and in one of the incidents--5-6 police officers were looking up at a house surrounded by a tall wooden fence.....A person wanted was said to be at the residence,so they were going to surprize him and take him down.When it was time-gave the signal and as one officer started to climb the fence and reach the top,he said a vicious dog was in yard and thought there'd be trouble-Viewers could not see in the yard but we could here barking and growling.--As he and other officers made it over the fence,what did we see?.At first, Nothing cause we were looking for that BIG vicious dog.Then in the corner of the video, we seen it....A SMALL DOG that was still barking -but it had run over by the side of the house and was more scared of the officers!!
We couldn't believe it! I am sure we were'nt supposed to be able to see that because of all the HOOPLA made of the dog
and of camera angle.We laughed so hard...It was ridiculous.
They did get there man however,NO fight,No problem.
How about that!!

8:24AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Not enough info...

3:01PM PST on Feb 6, 2011

I received a "Season's Greetings" card from Gloria's family in December with a beautiful picture of Gloria and the kids. It's the only holiday card I just can't get myself to throw away.

2:55PM PST on Feb 2, 2011


11:07AM PST on Jan 13, 2011

Imagine the fright for Gloria with all these police surrounding her home...people she didn't recognize and by trying to protect her home she was shamelessly killed for doing what she should have been doing!

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