YANCEY COUNTY, N.C. — A police K9 was shot and killed while in its kennel at home. Authorities are looking for the suspect who killed the police service dog while in the comfort of its own residence.
The Yancey County Sheriff’s Office said Chris, a Dutch Shepherd, was shot sometime between 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5 a.m. Wednesday in the Bald Mountain community. According to Chief Deputy Shane Hillard, the K9 was shot in the neck.
Chris, who had served with the sheriff’s office for seven years, died at Reach Animal Hospital due to his injuries, reported WLOS. He would have retired at the end of the year.
The county originally offered a reward of $1,000 for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. It was increased to $1,500, but now sits at $2,800.
According to WLOS, there are no leads at this point.
If you have any information about this incident, contact the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 682-2124.
(Photo: Yancey County Sheriff’s Office Facebook)
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