Owners of Dog Killed by Deputy Push for "Candy's Law" - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Owners of Dog Killed by Deputy Push for "Candy's Law"

The owners of a dog who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in Rains County nearly two weeks ago are pushing for legislation that would require law enforcement officers to go through special training in dealing with non-aggressive animals humanely.

Deputy Jerrod Dooley shot the Middleton family dog, Candy, in the head after responding to a burglary at their home. Dooley originally defended his actions, saying he didn't want to be bitten, but a necropsy report shows the dog was shot in the back of the head and was actually retreating when he fired his weapon.

The Middletons say their beloved dog was just as important to them as any other member of their family, and they not only want to see Dooley charged with animal cruelty, they also want to pass "Candy's Law," which they believe would ensure no other family has to go through something like this ever again. 

After Candy's death, messages began pouring in to the Middletons on social media.

"The prayers and the phone calls and messages we've received -- it's just all so heartwarming in a pretty devastating time in our lives," Cole Middleton said.

That's when they realized they weren't alone -- people across the globe were reaching out with similar stories.

"We saw that there's really a lack of understanding by our police officers of animals, especially, that have dogs," Middleton said.

So they decided to create "Justice for Candy Middleton" -- a Facebook page dedicated to their furry family member, who they say was unfairly killed.

"I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy, what's happened to me and my family, because it is so hard to deal with," Middleton said, "and we just don't want it to happen to anybody else."

The page started as a way for the Middletons to tell their story, and to their surprise, has since reached nearly 2 million people and has gotten more than 30,000 'likes' -- something they they hope will lead to a solution.

"There really needs to be something done to deal with this problem," Middleton said. "People love their animals, they love their dogs -- they're members of their family."

The family has been in touch with the Humane Society of Texas in hopes of finding a lawmaker willing to create legislation requiring law enforcement officers to complete special training, and to carry a taser or pepper spray, saying bullets shouldn't be an officer's only option when it comes to dealing with animals.  

"When he encounters anything, his only way to deal with it is deadly force? That's scary," Middleton said. 

Deputy Dooley has been fired for the shooting and the Rains County Sheriff's Office is investigating. So far, no charges have been filed, but the sheriff says his office is reviewing its policies to avoid a situation like this in the future.

Middleton says his family hasn't been offered any type of compensation, although he admits that no amount of money would take away the pain they're going through.

The Middletons have contact information for Texas lawmakers and DPS officials on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/JusticeforCandyMiddleton
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Another country confirms case of Ebola

    Another country confirms case of Ebola

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-08-29 20:42:49 GMT
    (CNN) -- The West African country of Senegal has confirmed its first Ebola case one week after closing its border with Guinea over fears that the deadly outbreak could spread, the Senegalese Press Agency reported Friday.More >>
    (CNN) -- The West African country of Senegal has confirmed its first Ebola case one week after closing its border with Guinea over fears that the deadly outbreak could spread, the Senegalese Press Agency reported Friday.More >>
  • Alleged Capital One Bank robber accused of stealing more than $98,000

    Alleged Capital One Bank robber accused of stealing more than $98,000

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-08-29 20:36:06 GMT
    Daniel BursonDaniel Burson
    TYLER (KYTX) - A suspect arrested and accused of robbing the Capital One Bank in Tyler August 11, 2014 pleaded not guilty today in federal court in Tyler.More >>
    TYLER (KYTX) - A suspect arrested and accused of robbing the Capital One Bank in Tyler August 11, 2014 pleaded not guilty today in federal court in Tyler.More >>
  • Tyler woman falls victim to IRS Scam

    Tyler woman falls victim to IRS Scam

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:03 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:03:19 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) - Tyler Police recently took a report from a woman who was scammed out of a large sum of money after falling prey to a caller claiming to be an IRS agent.More >>
    TYLER (KYTX) - Tyler Police recently took a report from a woman who was scammed out of a large sum of money after falling prey to a caller claiming to be an IRS agent.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.