Someone shot a sheriff’s office K-9 in South Carolina on Tuesday evening, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.
“Earlier this evening, our playful pup, K9 Kilo, escaped his enclosure (wearing his orange collar designating him a Marion County Sheriff’s K9) to sniff around the farm,” the department said on Facebook.
They found Kilo quickly, but not before he was “mercilessly shot,” according to the post. The department rushed Kilo to the veterinary hospital at North Carolina State University in Raleigh for surgery.
On Facebook, the department called the incident a “senseless shooting.”
“We also ask for your prayers for Kilo and the entire K9 Team. Kilo is family,” the department said.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1,500 reward “for any information leading to the arrest of the subject(s) involved in the shooting of our beloved K9 Kilo.”
The sheriff’s K-9 unit is taking donations to help pay for Kilo’s medical care. “Donations for K9 Kilo’s medical fund can be mailed to Marion County Sheriff’s Office 2715 East Highway 76, Ste C, Mullins, SC 29574,” the department said on Facebook. Checks should be made to “Marion County Sheriff’s K9 Fund.”
The sheriff’s office asks that anyone with information about the shooter call 911.