A home owner had been burglarized and several items of value had been stolen including firearms, leading to the owners dog being shot.
“Candy was brutally murdered in her own yard by Rains County Officer Jerred Dooley after her owners had been robbed. Her only crime was barking.”
Deputy Jerred Dooley arrived about 2 hours later to take report on the robbery that happened at the home, the owners were in pasture next to the house harvesting winter crops for their dairy farm.
The men saw the officer pull up to the house and park behind a farm truck where the dog ‘Candy‘ was in the bed.
The dog started barking at the unknown vehicle.
Less than 40 yards away, the officer got out of his vehicle. That’s when, Candy, came out of the bed of the truck and continued to bark.
The men attempted to signal the officer they saw him on the property as they witnessed him peering into the home.
According to the victims post on liveleak:
Dooley then closes my doors, walks off my steps and tells me, “I shot your dog, sorry.” He told me this as I’m approaching the fence from my tractor. He shot Candy behind her ear, in the side of her head, in HER YARD. OBVIOUSLY SHE WAS NOT FACING HIM AS THE ENTRY POINT WAS BEHIND HER EAR!!!UNREAL!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!! REMEMBER I WAS THE ONE WHO WAS ROBBED!!! So he was there to HELP ME! “Serve and Protect?” More like “Invade and Attack”.
Dooley then retreats to his squad car, exclaims over his loudspeakers “do not approach the vehicle”, and calls in full reinforcements. He leaves my dog in my yard yelping and thrashing in unbearable pain. I BEGGED him to shoot her again (SINCE MY WEAPONS WERE STOLEN!) and he refused. I then had to do the otherwise unthinkable and take my poor baby’s life with my own hands while praying for this to be over with.
In a few minutes 2 state troopers (Hayes and Sneed) arrive in separate vehicles, along with the Emory City Police and the county investigator Mayer all with sirens blaring. The City Policeman exclaimed to my father and I to back up and step back as we are trying to explain what DEVASTATION has just happened. Officer Hayes had his tazer pulled and hand on his pistol. All of them together were VERY INTIMIDATING TO INNOCENT victims.
The only thing I knew to do was grab my video camera phone and capture this because here again “protect and serve” was apparently invade and attack. After informing the officers I had a camera and was going to film, for my own sake, the Wood County State Trooper Hayes begins to MOCK me and wave at my camera.
He then unprofessionally says “Hi mom! Hi Channel 8! How you doing?” This IS NOT A JOKE. THIS IS SERIOUS. I HAVE THE VIDEO! After several minutes of my father and I trying to explain to them that WE ARE THE VICTIMS the State Troopers ask, “So whose house got broke into? Whose blood is on your shirt?” SHOULDN’T THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN AWARE OF THAT???
And I explain that MY HOUSE was broken into and this was MY poor Candy’s blood on my shirt. The blood was there because Dooley shot her and left me to do the unimaginable. Only then does the mocking stop, the tazer put away, and hands off the pistols (with the exception of Officer Hayes who continued to want to keep his hand on his gun because its “comfortable”).
I finally was able to give report to Officer Sneed (who was professional and helpful) about my dog being erroneously shot in cold blood. I also gave report to Chief Investigator Mayer (who was also professional and helpful) about my house being broken into and robbed.
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. In this instance service and protection became an invasion and an attack that led to a life altering experience that will regrettably never be forgotten and cost my family a very precious and valuable member.
Cole and Jayna Middleton and Family
6816 FM 514
Point, Tx 75472
Despite Dooley’s claims that the dog charged at him, a veterinarian confirmed that the dog was shot in the back of the head.
Now, Dooley has been fired from the Rains County Sherriff’s Department, and Sherriff David Traylor says that even though the investigation is ongoing, Dooley was let go due to threats against him and against the department.
“That was a decision I know means saying at this point he is guilty of a criminal offense, but it is being investigated toward the criminal side right now,” said Traylor.
Traylor also made clear that regardless of the outcome of the investigation, Dooley will not be allowed back with the department.