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An MPD officer shot and killed a D.C. family’s dog on Christmas Eve, Fox 5 is reporting. Stories about pets who are shot to death seemingly write themselves. Still, Fox 5 has outdone itself by managing to recover possibly the most sympathetic accompanying photograph ever:

This shooting victim isn’t just adorable doggy; he’s an adorably patriotic doggy. An internal investigation into the incident is pending: The officer claims Scooby lunged, while the dog’s owner says Scooby was sitting still. Now, I’m no police investigator, but the only photograph of Scooby I’ve ever seen is of him sitting still, lovin’ the U.S. of A. I rest my case.