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Update: Former Rains Co Deputy indicted on animal cruelty charge after shooting homeowners dog

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UPDATE:  RAINS CO (KYTX) - A former Rains County Deputy accused of shooting a homeowners dog has been indicted by a grand jury.

Deputy Jerrod Dooley is charged with a felony offense of animal cruelty.

No arrest warrant has been issued at this time.

No hearing date has been set at this time.

Original Story:

Released by the Rains County Sheriff's Department:

The Rains County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call on Friday, April 18, 2014 at approximately 12:46pm in reference to a burglary that occurred at the Middleton residence on Farm to Market 514 in the Daughtery Community, around 12:46pm. Deputy Dooley responded to the call 2:41pm.,nearly two hours after the call came in. The two hour delay was investigated and the cause was found and corrected with administrative actions.

The responding deputies report stated he felt in danger of being attacked by the family dog and reacted by shooting the dog to keep from being bitten.

The Rains County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the incident internally at this time while Deputy Dooley has been put on administrative leave.

On behalf of the Rains County Sheriff’s Office, we would most importantly like to offer our condolences to the Middleton Family as they have suffered a hard loss. The Rains County Sheriff’s Office has never encountered an issue of this nature, but plan to make positive changes for the future. The Rains County Sheriff’s Office is now in process of introducing new policies regarding animals at large when approaching residences. It is our goal to serve, protect, and keep all situations in which we are involved in safe for both people and animals. The Rains County Sheriff’s Office will continue the investigation until further notice and promises to make positive strides in this matter. We would like to thank the Middleton’s and the citizens of Rains County for your patience during our investigation.

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