A police canine with the Pembroke, North Carolina, Police Department, has passed away after being shot multiple times by a homeowner. According to Tuesday’s publication of the FayObserver, the Labrador retriever, named “Payne,” died from complications resulting from the gunshot wounds.
The Pembroke Police Department broke the tragic news to Facebook followers on Monday – the heartbreaking post reads:
Pembroke Police mourns the loss of one of it’s own, Officer Payne Hunt(k-9). After a week long battle of complications Payne’s suffering ended!
Payne was shot just over a week ago after he bolted away from his handler, Officer Jason Hunt, during on outing on Union Chapel Road in the early morning hours. Shortly after Officer Hunt lost sight of Payne, he heard shots ring out. A homeowner in the area mistakenly assumed that Payne was a stray dog who was going to harm his own dogs.
Initially, it was believed that Payne would recuperate from his injuries. The department has indicated that a public service will be held for the fallen canine officer.
(Photo via Pembroke Police FB page)