Middleton says he begged the deputy to finish off the cowdog, since she was suffering, and he said he couldn't do it himself, as his own guns had been stolen. Middleton says that instead, the deputy got in his car and left the scene.
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. Copyright 2014 KLTV. All rights reserved.