ETX deputy placed on administrative leave after killing homeowner's dog
POSTED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 2:27pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:14am
Rains County, Texas (KETK) — 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.