Landowner Mistakenly Shoots Missing Denton Co. K-9

Man was worried about his livestock, did not know dog was missing K-9

By Omar Villafranca
|  Saturday, Jan 5, 2013  |  Updated 12:28 AM CDT
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A landowner worried about his livestock shot and killed a dog, not knowing it was a K-9 missing from the Denton County's Sheriff's Office.

Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News

A landowner worried about his livestock shot and killed a dog, not knowing it was a K-9 missing from the Denton County's Sheriff's Office.

The only K-9 working for the Denton County Sheriff's Office was found dead on Friday.

Chico, a Belgian Malinois, was reported missing on Dec. 20 in rural Collin County. The dog's handler said the dog ran out when a windstorm that day blew open his fence.

Denton County Sheriff William Travis told NBC 5 that a landowner noticed a dog near his livestock. The landowner was worried about his livestock and shot the dog, not knowing it was the missing K-9.

Travis said the man was distraught once he learned the dog was a K-9 with the sheriff's office.

The sheriff said the dog was not wearing the collar that identifies it as a member of law enforcement.

The landowner will not face any charges.

Travis said the DCSO is planning a funeral and is plans to acquire another K-9.

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