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‘Dog gave its life trying to protect his owner’

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A shooting in Port Allen claimed the life of a 44-year-old woman, and now her dog has suffered the same fate.

"It looks like he [the dog] was protecting his owner when he was shot," a witness told WAFB 9 News. "He was there doing what was supposed to be done."

According to the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, the shooting happened on Monday, May 12 shortly before 5 p.m. at a trailer park located on Hwy. 190. A man allegedly shot Kerry Palmer in her home, but managed to flee before police arrived.

"I saw the dog kind of yelping and kind of backing away from the door," a different witness told WAFB 9 News shortly after the shooting. "I saw the lady roll out the door and she fell on the ground. I saw the guy who shot her run out the house with a gun."

At some point the man shot the woman's dog. Richard Summers with the West Baton Rouge Parish Animal Shelter tells us that the dog was shot from the front.

"Obviously the dog wasn't running away," he said. "So I would say he was protecting his owner."

We're told the dog was transported to the River Town Animal Hospital for treatment, but had to be euthanized due to its condition.

"The dog was shot two times," Summers said. "Either one of those injuries alone would have been life threatening."

Witnesses tell us the dog appeared to be a pit pull mixed-breed.

Deputies with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office are still searching for the alleged gunman. The believe the man robbed the woman.

If you know anything about this incident or the identity of the shooter, call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867).

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