I think this is a horrible thing to happen and the deputy should not have shot the dog or coyote as he said. HOWEVER, I will say that if the family cared so much about their pet, then why was it out of the backyard and wandering around??
.Not an excuse to shoot your neighbors pet, but if the dog had been in their house or yard and not loose, no matter how it got loose, it would most likely still be alive.
So many of these things happen and the majority of the dogs that are killed or shot or injured are not contained in their yards but in fact loose on the streets