Credit: Brad Barket/Getty Images Photo: Mindy McCready Performs in Lincoln Center on June 21, 2006

Mindy McCready was apparently an animal lover, despite the fact that she shot her dog before taking her own life.

A source tells Fox News that the 37-year-old country singer, who committed suicide on February 17, felt very close to her pet.

“Mindy really loved her dog and that would not have been an act of malice at all,” her friend says. 

“It would have been more of a case where she just didn’t want to leave the dog alone," continues the friend.

This is the latest news to come out of Mindy's tragic passing. Sources say that police wanted to question her further about contradictory statements she made regarding her boyfriend's shooting death last month.

Our thoughts are with Mindy's loved ones during this difficult time, including her two young sons. 

Source: Fox News