A Weimaraner on a walk with his owner inside the city limits of Ishpeming, Mich., was shot and killed by a man who claims that he thought the dog was a coyote, reported Thursday's Upper Michigan's Source News.
It is unclear how the man mistook the dog for a coyote; aside from the fact that Weimaraners look nothing like coyotes, the woman's pet was also wearing a yellow reflective vest, and an orange collar, at the time that the shot was fired.
The man who shot the dog has blamed the fatal mistake, which took place in a wooded area last Sunday, on poor lighting.
Ishpeming police arrested the 62-year-old suspect on Thursday and the man is facing charges for careless discharge of a firearm and property damage over $50.
According to the police, the dog was not leashed at the time of the shooting and was approximately 10 yards from his guardian.
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