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"Candy's Law" gaining steam

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Candy Middleton (Cole Middleton) Candy Middleton (Cole Middleton)
Former Rains County Deputy Jerrod Dooley Former Rains County Deputy Jerrod Dooley
(KYTX) - The Texas Humane Legislation Network has begun working on a bill meant to prevent law enforcement officers from shooting dogs. It's dubbed "Candy's Law" after the Rains County cow dog belonging to Cole Middleton who was shot and killed in May.

The necropsy revealed that Candy had been shot in the back.

After Middleton buried Candy, he said he was faced with and emptiness that's tough to describe.

"It hurts," he said. "More than just 'I'm sorry I shot your dog.' It has lasting effects."

Since then, Deputy Jerrod Dooley has been arrested on an animal cruelty charge. He's awaiting arraignment.

"If the officer who shot my dog so carelessly had been here the next day to help me gather cows up, I assure you he probably wouldn't have shot Candy so quickly," Middleton said.

Now Middleton has Dottie--a cow pup in training. As he trains her like he did Candy, he's launching all-out war on law enforcement officers who shoot dogs. That has happened six times in the last three months in Texas.

"Because dogs are an integral part of our families, we need to train police, sheriffs and constables on routine encounters that they have with dogs in the line of duty," Texas Humane Legislation Network Vice Legislative Chairman Shelby Bobosky.

The THLN's bill would require most law enforcement officers to undergo training on using non-lethal force when they encounter dogs.

"It's unbelievable," Middleton said. "It's uncalled for. It's gotta stop."

In the mean time dottie has some big paws to fill.

"They're a one-man dog," Middleton said. "I'm telling you."
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