A Texas deputy who shot and killed a dog while responding to a burglary was fired amidst an investigation into the incident.
Rains County Sherriff’s Deputy Jerrod Dooley was fired on Thursday after killing the dog the week prior. According to reports, Cole Middleton arrived to his home in the morning last Friday to discover that someone had broken in and stolen his wife’s jewelry, his iPad, and his guns. Not long after, Middleton called police to report the burglary, and around an hour later, Dooley arrived at the scene.
Dooley claims that when he arrived at the home, Middleton’s beloved cowdog Candy became aggressive and charged at him, so he was forced to shoot her to defend himself.
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According to Middleton, however, the dog was brutally shot in the head, and when he asked Dooley to put her out of her misery because she was suffering, Dooley refused and simply left the home.
“I was so upset,” said Middleton. “I went over there to her and she was still alive and I begged and pleaded with him to please shoot her again because I don’t have any firearms. They got stolen. He went and got in his vehicle and backed out of my driveway,”
Middleton says he was then forced to end the dog’s suffering with his bare hands.
“And then I had to do the unthinkable, the otherwise unthinkable,” said Dooley. “I had to kill my dog with my bare hands and put her out of her suffering, praying for this to be over with.”
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Despite Dooley’s claims that the dog charged at him, a veterinarian confirmed that the dog was shot in the back of the head.
Now, Dooley has been fired from the Rains County Sherriff’s Department, and Sherriff David Traylor says that even though the investigation is ongoing, Dooley was let go due to threats against him and against the department.
“That was a decision I know means saying at this point he is guilty of a criminal offense, but it is being investigated toward the criminal side right now," said Traylor.
Traylor also made clear that regardless of the outcome of the investigation, Dooley will not be allowed back with the department.