A West Palm Beach, Fla., man is mourning the unexpected loss of his dog, "Pepper," who was shot by a deputy just days ago, reported Wednesday's WPBF News.
During the early morning hours on Tuesday, the nine-year-old boxer mix was shot by a Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy shortly after she was let out by her owner, Chris Widmann.
Widmann told WPBF News that, after coming home from work, he went outside with Pepper and shortly there after, motion detector lights on the property went off.
Two deputies, who were in the area in response to a noise complaint, were the reason that the lights turned on; as soon as the deputies' silhouettes were visible, Pepper began to bark.
Widmann advised the deputies that Pepper would not bite, but one of the deputies fired anyway, striking the dog twice.
Pepper survived the initial shooting and was taken to a veterinarian to have her paw amputated; not long after the surgery, she died.
Pepper's loss has devastated her owner, who told WPBF:
So help me God I will get justice from Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office,"
"I don't care if it takes a year or 10 years.
As seems to be the status quo for for police departments, the powers that be at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department have advised WPBF that the deputy's actions were "by the book."
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