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An Alabama man who sparked outrage on social media when he posted a picture of himself pointing what appeared to be a gun at a dog’s head has apologized.

Zachary Wade Moore Jr. appeared in a video and said he was “just playing around.”

“Look world, I’m sorry. It was a mistake,” Moore said in the video. “Just me messing around on Facebook and it went way beyond out of control.”

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The photos that Moore posted last weekend went viral overnight. Many people posted their concerns or anger on the Sheffield Police Department’s Facebook page. Both Sheffield police and the Florence Police Department have been searching for Moore since last week.

According to Fox 61, Moore was located in Mississippi by the Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Office and Belmont Police over the weekend. Moore told authorities he was drunk with friends that night at a home in Golden, Miss. He said in the video the gun was a fake.

Mississippi authorities have not charged Moore with any crime as of Tuesday.

In the video, Moore said the dog was “never harmed.”

“I would never hurt a dog, animal at that. The gun was fake,” Moore said in the video. He was standing in a bathtub, and broke the plastic gun when he threw it against bottom of the tub.

Investigators said the dog was a runaway and has been returned to its rightful owners

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