Pembroke Police Dog to be laid to rest

PEMBROKE, NC (WMBF) – A Pembroke Police dog will be laid to rest this Thursday.

K9 Payne died after being shot four times last week.

A graveside service for Payne will be held at his home on Deep Branch Road at noon, according to a post on the Pembroke Police Department Facebook page.

The department has invited everyone to attend and a law enforcement processional will leave from Locklear and Son's Funeral Home for the grave site.

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!"

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.

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