Arkansas police officer sacked after shooting Chihuahua

The deputy had “numerous opportunities to de-escalate the incident”, says his boss, who has apologised for the distress caused.

By Lucia Binding |Sky News Reporter |

Deputy Keenan Wallace has been ‘relieved of his duties’. Pic: Faulkner County Sheriff Office

Deputy Keenan Wallace has been put on administrative leave. Pic: Faulkner County Sheriff Office

Image: Deputy Keenan Wallace has been ‘relieved of his duties’. Pic: Faulkner County Sheriff Office

A police dog handler in the US has been sacked after being caught on camera shooting a Chihuahua.

Footage of Deputy Keenan Wallace opening fire on the tiny animal sparked a backlash on social media.

Sheriff Tim Ryals said the officer had “numerous opportunities to de-escalate the incident” and apologised for any distress caused.

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