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Former Rains County deputy who shot dog pleads not guilty

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Jarrod Dooley is accused of shooting a dog. (Source: Rains County Jail) Jarrod Dooley is accused of shooting a dog. (Source: Rains County Jail)

Former Rains County Deputy Jerrod Dooley pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty torture charges on Thursday. Dooley is accused of shooting a cow dog named Candy while responding to a burglary call in April. When Dooley pulled up to the home, the dog was in the back of the homeowner's parked truck. Dash camera video showed the dog jump out of the truck and then run off camera. That’s when Dooley claimed the dog was going to bite him and he was forced to shoot.

Dooley was set to be arraigned at the Rains County Courthouse Annex at 9 a.m. on Thursday, but a letter from his attorney waived Dooley’s right to appear for that arraignment. In that letter Dooley’s attorney said he did not receive notice of the arraignment and had a scheduling conflict. The waiver says Dooley plead not guilty to charges of animal cruelty.

In another document, the state suggested a recusal of the Rains County attorney. That’s because the Rains County attorney used to work with Dooley, which the state said would be a conflict of interest. That request was approved and a different attorney has been appointed to investigate and prosecute.

The story of a deputy shooting a dog made international headlines, causing the Rains County Sheriff’s Office to be bombarded with calls. It was so bad phone lines were clogged and the sheriff was concerned it was interfering with their jobs.

KLTV 7 spoke with the sheriff Thursday who said he didn’t want to go on camera to avoid any more attention, but said the phone calls had stopped and things had finally settled down.

Dooley is scheduled to appear in court on July 17 for a pre-trial hearing.

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