COVENTRY, Vt. — Vermont State Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a family’s pet dog.

Police say the beagle had been mistakenly left outside Monday afternoon in the town of Coventry. Authorities believe the dog was killed between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The family took the dog to a veterinarian, and a necropsy determined the cause of death.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 802-334-8881.