BAY, AR (KAIT) - A Bay police K-9 officer was found dead Thursday night after an exhaustive search.
Bay Police Chief Paul Keith tells Region 8 News the German Shepherd named Vox was found around 10:15 p.m. Keith said Friday in a news release someone called his department around 10 p.m. Thursday wanting to speak to an officer.
Two officers, including the police dog's handler, went to an address on Lunsford Ave. and spoke with Zachary Worley, 26.
Keith said it was determined the K-9 officer had a rabbit in its mouth and was attempting to kill it in Worley's yard.
Worley then shot the dog with a .22-caliber rifle, Keith stated.
"The individual was very co-operative and forth coming with information when he learned of our missing K-9 and led the officers to where the deceased dog was located," Keith said in the news release. "The person was taken into custody pending further investigation."
On Friday Worley was interviewed about the incident. Keith then said he conferred with Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Allen Copeland.
Following that meeting Worley was charged with 1 count of discharging a firearm inside the Bay city limits, a misdemeanor.
Keith said an investigation into the incident is ongoing and "any further developments will be released at a later date."
Vox had been missing since Thursday morning and it is believed the dog dug a hole under the fence and escaped, Keith said.