Man calls to report a burglary, deputy arrives and shoots his dog in the head

(Source: Facebook / Justice for Candy Middleton)Police State USA

RAINS COUNTY, TX — A man says that when he called police to report that his home had been burglarized, he waited hours for an officer to arrive — only to witness his dog promptly being shot in the head by the responding deputy.   He says when backup arrived, they mocked and intimidated him with a taser.

On April 18th, Cole and Jayna Middleton discovered that their home had been broken into.  Several items had been stolen, including the family’s firearms.   Mr. Middleton phoned the Rains County Sheriff’s Office for help.  

Mr. Middleton, a farmer and cattle rancher, tended his crops while waiting approximately 2.5 hours for a deputy to arrive and take a police report.   Middleton’s father was in the pasture with him, along with the family’s beloved pet and trusted cow-herder ‘Candy.’  Candy was a 3-year-old Blue Heeler (also known as an Australian Cattle Dog) and weighed approximately 40 pounds.  She was sitting in the back of a pickup truck as they worked.

When Rains County Deputy Jerred Dooley arrived, Middleton and his father both say they witnessed the deputy stick his head into the door of their house, which was nearly 40 yards away.  Candy barked at the unknown stranger, hopped out of the truck and approached the house “bark[ing] like all good dogs do,”  Middleton described.

Cole Middeton and his father immediately made their way up to the house to meet the deputy, but it was already too late.  Candy was dying on the ground of a gunshot wound to the head.

“I shot your dog, sorry,” Middleton remembers Deputy Dooley telling him.

'Candy' lies dead after being shot by a Rains County TX deputy.  (Source: Facebook / Justice for Candy Middleton)

Middleton says that Candy was shot behind the ear — in the side of her head — a wound he believes indicates that she was not facing the deputy.

The deputy then retreated to his squad car, and using his vehicle loudspeaker, ordered the men “do not approach the vehicle.”  Reinforcements were called.

Middleton says that he could not bear to see his dog “yelping and thrashing in unbearable pain.”  He asked the deputy to finish her, but he refused.  Middleton’s guns had been stolen — the reason for calling the police — so he had no choice but to mercifully end her life with his bear hands; he gathered some water in a bucket and drowned her.  He was devastated, and stressed that Candy was only barking and had never been aggressive.

According to the rancher’s account, 3 additional police officers arrived in separate vehicles.  A state trooper named Hayes allegedly pulled up and immediately threatened the grieving family with a drawn taser.

Middleton described the four officers as “very intimidating” and decided that documentation was necessary and began filming the encounter with his cell phone.  Video shows Trooper Hayes, with his weapon still drawn, mocking the victim by looking into the camera, saying:  “Hi mom! Hi Channel 8! How you doing?”

The video documents the six men having a heated discussion for several minutes.

Rains County TX Deputy Jerred Dooley explains why he shot a man's pet dog.   (Source: Facebook / Justice for Candy Middleton)

“He pulls up to my place and shoots my damn cow dog,” an upset Mr. Middleton told the other officers.  “The man pulled up without cause and shoots my dog.”

“I had no choice.  I wasn’t gonna get bit,” Dooley attempted to explain.

Middleton documented the incident in a detailed Facebook account.  “When we call on peace officers for their help and assistance we expect them to serve and protect us, especially if we are the victims,” he wrote.  “Serve and Protect? More like Invade and Attack.”

Unfortunately the Middletons are the latest victim of a nationwide epidemic of unnecessary pet killings by police — otherwise known as “puppycide.”  (See more cases of puppycide here.)

9 thoughts on “Man calls to report a burglary, deputy arrives and shoots his dog in the head

  1. Sucks that this had to happen but calling the COPS to your house no matter the situation will end BAD.

    1. You’re generally right about not calling the cops, but if the theft was covered by his homeowners insurance he’d need a police report to collect anything, and since firearms were stolen, some states require that the theft be reported.

      I’m not defending the cop, just saying that sometimes they have to be called, but they definitely shouldn’t be shooting dogs when they show up.

  2. I tell ya – its now in their training – SWAT teams have designated certain members to “take out the dog(s)” – Cops, now shoot first for a myrid of reasons (including enhancing their own disability claims) – and it doesn’t matter how many Cops have ever been bitten by dogs – or any other logic.
    They teach/train Cops: “It’s them against us” – and – throw a fit if any of (the) “us” act accordingly! – Please note: the 7 “POS” references in this original comment have been removed in order to obtain the soft R rating.

    1. Ditto. My dog gets his loyalty returned. If you shoot him, you’re shooting at me, and that won’t end well.

      1. Yeah shoot a police K-9 and see what happens ,they put your azz away for life. this world is getting crazier by the hour.

        1. I wouldn’t shoot the police dog.

          We’re being “put away for life” right now, because they’re turning the whole country into a prison. You’re going to have to make a stand somewhere, so make it count.

  3. I’m guessing the main reason people haven’t figured it out yet must be because these kind of cowardly acts probably aren’t reported at all in the MSM.

    I wouldn’t know for sure, of course.

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