By Allan Lengel
Texas FBI agent Lovett Leslie Ledger, who fatally shot his neighbor’s 3 pound Chihuahua named Sassy with a pellet gun, remains on the job, but faces an internal administrative investigation, the San Antonio FBI office said Thursday.
“His employment status hasn’t changed,” said Erik Vasys, an FBI spokesman in Texas. “The FBI respects the court’s sentencing and there is an internal administrative action” investigation that is still ongoing.
Authorities declined to say what could happen to Ledger. But the penalties at the FBI can range from a letter of reprimand to a firing.
On Wednesday, Waco, Tex., State District Judge Matt Johnson gave Ledger, 40, two years deferred probation and 300 hours of community service. He pleaded no contest to animal cruelty charges.
The Waco Tribune-Herald reported that a neighbor saw Ledger shoot the dog with a pellet rifle in February 2008.