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Deputy who shot farmer's dog has been fired

Fired Deputy Dooley
Fired Deputy Dooley
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According to Thursday's KLTV News, the Rains County Sheriff's deputy who shot a Texas dairy farmer's cattle dog, has been fired.

According to Sheriff David Traylor, Deputy Jerrod Dooley was fired on Thursday because of threats.

Deputy Dooley shot Cole Middleton's two-year-old dog, "Candy," when he responded to a call about a burglary at Middleton's home. Dooley claimed that Candy had "charged" him, but a necropsy on the dog's body revealed that the gunshot wound entered at the back of her skull, and exited out her face - suggesting that she was running away from the deputy at the time that she was mortally wounded.

The gunshot was not immediately fatal and though Middleton pleaded for the deputy to finish what he had started, the deputy refused. Candy's guardian was forced to end his dog's life because she was in horrific pain - he told KLTV:

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,”

Support for Candy and her devastated guardian continues to grow on the Justice for Candy Middleton Facebook page which has nearly 20,000 followers.

The investigation into the shooting remains ongoing - Dooley will not be returning to the Rains County Sheriff's Office, regardless of the investigation's outcome.

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