Has justice been served? Keep on reading to see for yourselves...

It is an unforgivable crime...

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But justice has now been served for the police dog that was brutally killed in the line of duty.

Now, we all know and love dogs for being our faithful companions...

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But they are also our faithful workers.

Dogs have worked alongside law enforcement for decades now...

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And their hard-working and loyal natures make them the perfect colleagues.

But sadly...

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Police dogs are easy targets for criminals who are desperately trying to escape the clutches of law enforcement.

If a fugitive is that desperate to escape...

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They won't think twice when it comes to hurting an innocent animal.

Well, back in 2018, the worst possible thing happened to one of Florida's best serving police dogs.

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Dutch Shephard, Fang, was a K-9 police dog who worked for Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in Florida when he was fatally shot by a fugitive trying to escape police officers.

Nineteen-year-old Jhamal Paskel was only seventeen at the time of the incident.

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The teenager had carjacked 2 women at a gas station, making one of them drive as he held her at gunpoint.

Police were able to track the car through OnStar, the in-vehicle safety and security system it had installed, and had the system shut off the engine.

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Paskel tried to flee on foot, which was when Fang was sent out to stop him.

Officer Matt Herrera, the dog's minder, recalled the harrowing moment in a hearing recently.

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He said he released Fang to stop Paskel from escaping, only to hear him yelp after the first gunshot was fired. Herrera then recalled how he saw Fang lying lifeless with head and chest wounds, adding, "He's still a member of my family and it wasn't just sad for me or the department."

When the news broke of Fang's death...

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People were outraged.

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Well, Paskel's sentencing happened this week.

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During the 2-hour hearing, Paskel noted that he was just seventeen at the time of the incident and apologized, saying he was a "man ready to take responsibility for the mistakes [he] made as a child."

He then made a heartfelt apology...

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"I would like to offer my apologies and condolences to Officer Herrera for not only the killing of his K-9 partner Fang, but his best friend. I want to apologize to the victims for scaring them that night. And I owe my mother the biggest apology for letting her down."

Paskel pleaded guilty last December to shooting Fang, as well as possession of a gun by a juvenile delinquent, and aggravated fleeing, as well as the armed robbery and kidnapping of 2 women...

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And he has now been sentenced to twenty-five years in prison.

5 years were for the dog's death...

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And the twenty-year sentence was for all of his other charges.

Rest in peace, Fang.

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