A Sheffield, Alabama, man publicly apologized Saturday amid public outrage over a Facebook photo that appeared to show him pointing a gun at a dog’s head.
In pictures posted to social media, Zachary Wade Moore Jr. held what appeared to be a gun to a puppy’s head while holding the dog by the scruff of its neck.
The Sheffield and Florence police departments, which wanted to talk with Moore, searched for him for more than a week, but it was law enforcement officers in another state who finally caught up with him, KTLA sister station WHNT in Huntsville, Alabama, reported.
Working on a tip, the Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Office and Belmont Police Department located the man over the weekend in Mississippi.
According to Belmont Investigator Donald Ray, Moore was brought in for questioning. It was unclear it that’s what prompted Moore to post a video to Facebook in which he apologized for the earlier photo.
“On this dog situation, look world, I’m sorry, it was a mistake. Just me messing around on Facebook and it went way out of control,” Moore said in the video.
Belmont police said Moore told them he had been drinking with friends and was playing around with a toy gun that night at a home in Golden, Mississippi.
The dog, investigators said, was a runaway and didn’t belong to Moore. Deputies recovered it and took it back to its rightful owners.
Investigators who questioned Moore said he kept admitting how stupid he was that night.
“The gun was fake, the dog was never harmed. I would never hurt a dog, animal at that. The gun was fake [throws it down],” Moore said on the video.
Mississippi authorities have not charged Moore with any crimes at this point. However, law enforcement in the Shoals would still like to speak with him.
The video apology by Zachary Wade Moore Jr. had nearly 20,000 plays on Facebook by Monday afternoon.