Shortly after the deputy from the Rains County Sheriff’s Department was fired for shooting a burglary victim’s dog he has now been indicted by a grand jury for animal cruelty.
The controversial shooting received a lot of attention, especially after a dashcam video of the dog in the owner’s truck was revealed and a vet’s autopsy revealed that the dog was shot in the back of the head, presumably from a retreating position.
According to local news sources at wfaa,
Jerrod Dooley, 32, has been charged with a state jail felony, punishable by up to two years behind bars. Dooley was fired last month within days of the shooting that sparked a national furor after the dog’s owner went public with his story.
“This is clearly a political knee jerk reaction by the DA in Rains County and there’s no chance that this case will stand up in court,” said Pete Schulte, Dooleys’ attorney. “It’s a legal impossibility because he was acting within the scope of his employment as a public servant. We look forward to our day in court.”
He added that he was told that he would be provided an opportunity to present information to the grand jury and he’s disappointed that didn’t occur.
“They indicted him within two weeks,” Schulte said. “That never happens.”
In a tearful interview last month, Dooley tried to explain why he shot the 2-year-old blue heeler named Candy.
“I tried, but I didn’t think I could get away from her,” he said haltingly. “I told her to ‘get back,’ she wouldn’t get back … and I fired two shots.”
We previously reported the following on this story:
A few days ago we reported on this story, and now the deputy responsible for shooting the Texas farmer’s dog has been fired.
Dashcam footage released by the Rains County Sheriff’s Department shows Candy, the 2-year-old blue heeler, barking while wagging her tail when the deputy’s vehicle pulls up behind a truck.
The dog then jumps out of the truck and goes off camera when deputy Jarred Dooley fires 2 shots, striking the dog in the back of the head. But the dog was not killed and can be heard whimpering in the background. The deputy refused to put the dog out of her misery, and the dog’s owner can be seen in the dashcam video grabbing a bucket which he uses to drown his dog.
Dooley was fired after outcries from the public over this story and could even be facing criminal charges. Autopsy evidence from the vet showed that the dog was shot while in a retreating position.
Sheriff David Traylor said that the department has been receiving all kinds of threats after the incident:
“That was a decision I know means saying at this point he is guilty of a criminal offense,” said Sheriff Traylor, “but it is being investigated toward the criminal side right now.”
Sheriff Traylor said that in his 30 years in law enforcement, never has the department had to deal with so many death threats resulting from a single incident.
“Hundreds and hundreds of calls,” Sheriff Traylor said, “some of them pretty vulgar to listen too. It’s taking up the time from what we need to be doing.”
Sheriff Traylor acknowledged that Candy’s death was a “bad situation that occurred” and added that it was a “situation that we’ve never had to deal with.”
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