A dog was shot dead by a man who said he “mistook her for a fox”, the owner has said.
Dom Brown said his brother was walking his dog Ruby near his home in Sherwood Drive, Crich, Derbyshire, on Wednesday.
He said “a young lad” with a shotgun and a black labrador “shot her dead”, claiming he mistook the dog for a fox.
The 18-month-old dog was taken to a vet but died later. Derbyshire Police said they were investigating but no arrests had been made.
The force said it was alerted at 20:25 BST.
Mr Brown said Ruby, a golden cocker spaniel, was “just being her usual self, sniffing around in the bushes” before the shooting on a public footpath.
“I’m just genuinely heartbroken someone has taken away my best friend,” he said.