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TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A deputy police chief in Fort Worth is free on bond after being arrested on an animal cruelty charge for allegedly shooting and killing a dog.

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Deputy Chief Kenneth Flynn was booked into the Tarrant County Jail after allegedly shooting the German shepherd on September 29, in south Fort Worth.

Witnesses say Flynn drove up to the dog, in the 1300 block of Oak Grove Road East, and shot the animal and was about to harm a Pit Bull for attacking and killing his pet cat.

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Neighbor Jim Kirby told CBS 11 News, “I heard three or four shots and I heard a dog yelp. I went across the street there to see what it was over there. There was a black dog over there… I just thought the dog was scared.”

Kirby said he left the dog cowering under an old Chevy Suburban. It was later he found out what happened from an eyewitness. “There was a black SUV and he shot the dogs from the truck, in the middle of the road.”

The German shepherd was found dead the next day. Witnesses say Flynn hunted the dogs down and shot the German shepherd before a neighbor intervened. Neighbor Gordon Albert described the actions of one woman. “That lady grabbed that dog, that Pit Bull, and said ‘you can’t shoot him’ and protected that dog.”

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Flynn is now the target of an Internal Affairs investigation and has had his gun and badge taken away. He had been placed on desk duty and will work in that capacity until the investigation is complete.

After turning himself in Monday, Flynn as released on $1,000 bond. If convicted the 61-year-old faces up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

A lawyer for Flynn has not responded to a CBS 11 request for a statement, but he has previously been quoted as saying Flynn’s actions “were completely legal” and that his client was destroying a vicious animal.

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