?UPDATE: EMORY (KYTX) -- A report detailing the discharge of then-Deputy Jerrod Dooley's gun released by the Rains County Sheriff's department indicates that Dooley's decision to shoot Candy the cow dog in April was not his first canine encounter.
In January, Dooley filed a report admitting to the shooting of a Rottweiler at a home in Point, TX. Dooley said he had been called out there based on a report of a dangerous dog, found two dogs on the property chasing ducks and attempted to scare them off.
"When approaching [one of the dogs]," Dooley wrote, "the other Rottweiler began running toward me in an aggressive manner."
"I felt I was in imminent danger of bodily injury, and fired once at the dog," he wrote.
The report indicated that the dog suffered only from a "superficial" wound.
Cole Middleton, Candy's owner, expressed outrage that his dog was the second shot by Dooley while acting under the authority of his department.
"It just adds to the fact that he's doing this without need, without cause, without justification and he needs to be held accountable for it," Middleton said. "[Knowing that] gave me more courage and more strength to stand up and say 'Hey, this is wrong.'"
Middleton said he remained focus on the eventual passage of Candy's Law--a piece of state legislation that seeks to make non-lethal canine training mandatory for law enforcement officers across Texas.
"There's no spite, no animosity for me," he said, "but I just want to see accountability."
Former Rains County Sheriff's deputy Jerrod Dooley, accused of animal cruelty, made his first court appearance in a pretrial hearing Thursday morning.
The hearing lasted just a few minutes, beginning with a closed-door meeting in Judge Eddie Northcutt's chambers. That was followed by inaudible whispering around the judge's bench before the next case was called.
Dooley's charge stems from a high profile incident in which he admitted to shooting a cow dog named Candy when he responded to a burglary call at a farm north of Emory on April 18th. Cole Middleton, Candy's owner, was working in a field while Candy remained in the bed of a pickup near Middleton's home.
Candy barked at Dooley on his arrival and jumped from the truck. Dash cam video from Dooley's patrol car failed to capture the actual shooting. Later Middleton returned, learned of the shooting from Dooley, became distraught and ended up putting Candy out of her misery after failing to convince Dooley to do so.
Dooley was later fired from the Sheriff's department after a public backlash and was charged shortly thereafter. He entered a plea of "not guilty" to the charge when he waived his arraignment in June.
Dooley's attorney, Pete Schulte, previously questioned whether his client should be charged with animal cruelty, saying the shot fired did not necessarily guarantee Candy's death. Schulte had no additional comments Thursday except to say a new pretrial hearing had been scheduled for September 18th.
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