The Yancey County (SC) Sheriff’s Office announced the death of K-9 Chris Wednesday morning. The 8-year-old Dutch shepherd was found with a gunshot wound in his kennel at the home of his partner, Deputy Austin Wilson, in the Bald Mountain community. Chris was taken to Reach Animal Hospital in Asheville, NC, where he died.
The Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook, “Chris was a beloved member of the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office for the past seven years. The Yancey County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1,000 reward that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved.”
Wednesday afternoon, the reward was increased to $1,500, WYFF TV reports.
Chris was scheduled to retire at the end of this year. He was a favorite at the Yancey County Humane Society, where Wilson sometimes took him to be bathed.