RAINS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Rains County Sheriff's deputy who shot a dog after responding to a burglary call on Friday has been fired.
According to the Rains County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Jerrod Dooley was fired on Thursday. Sheriff David Traylor said that it was for Dooley's safety because of threats. He added that it is the safest move for the department and the deputy.
Dooley will not be able to return to work at the Rain's County Sheriff's Office regardless of the outcome of the investigation, which is currently ongoing. The deputy was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday.
"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," Traylor said.
Homeowner Cole Middleton arrived home around 11 a.m. and discovered his home had been burglarized. Middleton said his guns, iPad and his wife's jewelry had been taken. Middleton called 911 at 12:46 p.m. At 2:41 p.m., Dooley arrived at the home.
Middleton said when Dooley arrived to investigate, he claimed the dog was about to bite him and shot the dog to defend himself.
The homeowner says the dog was shot in the head. He begged the deputy to finish off his cowdog, named Candy, since the dog was suffering."I was so upset. 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 explained.
Middleton had trained Candy to be a cow dog, and he says his dog was a natural."And then I had to do the unthinkable, the otherwise unthinkable. I had to kill my dog with my bare hands and put her out of her suffering, praying for this to be over with," Middleton said.
The Middleton family says the necropsy report by a veterinarian proves that Candy was shot in the back of the head.