A police dog handler in the US has been sacked after being caught on camera shooting a Chihuahua.
Reports identified the dog as a Chihuahua mix which weighs less than 10 pounds.
Footage of Deputy Keenan Wallace opening fire on the tiny animal sparked a backlash on social media, Sky News said.
Deputy Wallace had been responding to a call about an aggressive dog in the city of Conway, Arkansas, around 25 miles north of little Rock, Sky News reported.
The clip shows the officer speaking to a resident as two small dogs run around the front lawn wagging their tails.
When the homeowner, Doug Canady, refuses to go to the road to speak with the deputy, one of the dogs starts barking.
The officer then opens fire on the animal causing it to writhe and whimper in pain.
Mr Canady, who recorded the shooting, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he took the animal to a vet and that the dog needs surgery for a broken jaw.
The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office initially described the shooting as “unfortunate”.
In the face of public anger, Sheriff Ryals subsequently wrote in a Facebook post: “Deputy Wallace fired his service weapon that injured an animal while in close proximity to a citizen.
Although no policies or laws had been broken, he said as a result of a review “Deputy Keenan Wallace has been relieved of his duties at the Faulkner County Sheriff’ Office”.