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ETX deputy placed on administrative leave after killing homeowner's dog

ETX deputy placed on administrative leave after killing homeowner's dog
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POSTED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 2:27pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:14am

A deputy with the Rains County Sheriff’s Office has been placed on administrative leave after shooting and killing a homeowner's dog.

According to officials, they received a 911 call on Friday, April 18, at approximately 12:46 p.m., in reference to a burglary that occurred at the Middleton residence on Farm to Market 514 in the Daughtery Community.

Deputy Dooley responded to the call 2:41 p.m., nearly two hours after the call came in. The two hour delay was investigated and the cause was found and corrected with administrative actions.

The responding deputies report stated Dooley felt in danger of being attacked by the family dog and reacted by shooting the dog to keep from being bitten.

The Rains County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the incident internally at this time while Deputy Dooley has been put on administrative leave.

The Rains County Sheriff’s Office would most importantly like to offer condolences to the Middleton Family as they have suffered a hard loss. The Rains County Sheriff’s Office has never encountered an issue of this nature, but plan to make positive changes for the future. The Rains County Sheriff’s Office is now in process of introducing new policies regarding animals at large when approaching residences. It is our goal to serve, protect, and keep all situations in which we are involved in safe for both people and animals. The Rains County Sheriff’s Office will continue the investigation until further notice and promises to make positive strides in this matter. They would like thank the Middleton’s and the citizens of Rains County for your patience during our investigation.

The Middleton's have created a Facebook page that has garnered more than 13,000 likes as of 8 p.m. April 23.

 

 

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Call the Rains County offices and get connected to the Sheriff's Office

903-473-5000

Leave a message and let them know they have to do something about this behavior.

He felt like he was in danger??? What a joke, he shot the dog in back of the head, to me that sounds like the dog was walking away and not trying to attack. This officer needs to be fired!!

Please explain to me how this dog was "at large" ? It was on it's own property and is a working dog.

Have they ever heard of PEPPER SPRAY? I mean, don't they carry the stuff?

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