INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- An Independence family says they're devastated after their 6-month-old pekingese mix was shot by their neighbor.
"My son David picked her up, she died in his arms," said Crystal Andrade, the dog's owner.
On Monday night about 8 o'clock, Andrade says her 10-year-old daughter was trying to put their puppy in the kennel in the backyard when the dog ran into the neighbor's yard.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says the neighbor told investigators he was working on his fence when the dog ran into his yard and bit him on his finger.
Fearing the dog would bite the man again, investigators say the neighbor shot the dog and had every right to protect himself in his own backyard.
"She likes to run, she's very playful, she's never once been a vicious dog. She's only six months old," says Andrade the dog's owner.
Sergeant John Payne with the sheriff's office says pet owners need to keep their pets under control. He suggests keeping your dog on a leash or investing in a invisible fence to make sure your dog stays on your property