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Sheriff: Deputy on administrative leave after shooting dog

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Cole Middleton's dog, Candy (Source: Family photo) Cole Middleton's dog, Candy (Source: Family photo)
RAINS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A Rains County deputy is on administrative leave after the sheriff says the man shot a dog while responding to a burglary call on Friday.

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., Rains County Sheriff David Traylor said Deputy Jerred Dooley arrived at the home.

Middleton said when the Dooley arrived to investigate, he claimed the dog was about to bite him and shot the dog to defend himself.

“She’s barking when he pulls into the driveway letting me know someone’s at our house, an intruder is here, or a person who she would think was an intruder that she’s unfamiliar with. She’s barking. The officer gets out of his car, and all the while we’re headed up [there]. He gets out of his car and shoots my dog in my front yard,” Middleton recalled.

Middleton 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 Middleton 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.

In a statement on Wednesday, Sheriff Traylor offered his condolences to the Middleton family for the loss of their dog.

"The Rains County Sheriff’s Office has never encountered an issue of this nature, but plan[s] to make positive changes for the future," read the statement.

The sheriff's office said that they are continuing to investigate the incident internally and that Dooley has been placed on administrative leave.

The sheriff's office added that they investigated the two hour delay between the initial call from Middleton and Dooley arriving at the home and were correcting the issue. The delay was caused by a dispatcher not following protocol. The dispatcher's actions were handled by the department.

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