Dog shot dead after being 'mistaken for fox'

Ruby Image copyright Dom Brown
Image caption Mr Brown said 18-month-old Ruby was shot on a footpath near his home

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.

Image copyright Dom Brown
Image caption Mr Brown has called on the person responsible to hand themselves in

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.

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