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South Alabama man accused of shooting police dog

MOSS POINT, Miss. (WKRG) — A man from Mobile is accused of shooting and injuring a Moss Point K-9 early Tuesday morning.

Richard McGuire, 44, was arrested Tuesday and charged with commercial burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and injuring a public service animal. According to the Moss Point Police Department, police report they were responding to an emergency call at a Shell gas station when a suspect ran into a wooded area. Police dog Buddy was sent after him, the officer heard a gunshot and Buddy returned and collapsed from a gunshot wound to the chest.

The K9 officer was rushed to a vet clinic in Mobile for treatment.

“Buddy is improving,” the Moss Point PD posted on Facebook. “He is now off oxygen support and breathing on his own.”

Police report a woman who was also detained with McGuire was released after they determined that she had no knowledge of the crimes.

McGuire is being held on a total of $80,000 bond.

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