A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent is facing charges for allegedly shooting his dog to death in a Virginia park. According to NBC Washington, the German shepherd mix’s body was discovered at Fountainhead Regional Park in Fairfax Station, behind the archery club range – the dog, named Amatah, had a “massive” head wound from a gun shot.
A microchip in the dog’s body led investigators to 61-year-old Mark Cochrane, who admitted to the crime after questioning. During the investigation, it was determined that Cochrane had told the dog’s veterinarian that Amatah had died at home.
The Customs and Border Protection agency has been made aware of the situation and they are cooperating with the Fairfax County police. Cochrane is facing a felony animal cruelty charge, and unlawful discharge of a weapon and littering.
No word on whether or not Cochrane has been relieved of his duties with Customs and Border Protection.
(Screenshot via NBC)
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