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.