PEMBROKE, NC (WMBF) – A Pembroke Police dog has died after being shot four times last week.
While the Pembroke Police Department originally stated that K-9 Payne was recovering well, on Monday, the department posted to Facebook that after a week-long battle of complications, "Payne's suffering has ended!"
The department will announce a public service for Payne.
At about 4:25 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, Payne's handler let him out, and the dog strayed into the yard of a nearby home, according to Chief Florita. The handler heard about six or seven shots, then Payne returned to the handler limping. Payne had been shot four times, but the shots did not hit any vital organs.
The shooting is still under investigation; the Robeson County Animal Cruelty Enforcement officer is looking into it, Chief Florita said.