Man’s House Gets Broken Into, Cop Responds and Shoots Family Dog

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A Texas man called police to report that his home had been burglarized. The responding deputy arrived and promptly shot the man’s dog.

Last Friday morning, Cole Middleton arrived home around 11 to find that his home had been broken into. His guns and iPad were stolen, along with his wife’s jewelry. He called 911.

Middleton, a farmer and cattle rancher, decided to help his grandfather harvest silage during the 2.5 hour wait for the police to arrive.

When Rains County Deputy Jerred Dooley finally showed up, Middleton and his father were working in a nearby field.  The family’s little three-year-old Blue Heeler dog, Candy, ran to see who arrived on their property, like dogs typically do.

Middleton told KLTV what happened next:

“She’s barking when he pulls into the driveway letting me know someone’s at our house, an intruder is here, or a person who she would think was an intruder that she’s unfamiliar with. She’s barking. The officer gets out of his car, and all the while we’re headed up [there]. He gets out of his car and shoots my dog in my front yard.”

Middleton and his father both witnessed Dooley’s arrival on their property. They say the deputy stuck his head inside the door of the house, which was about 40 yards away from the field the in which the men were working. Candy jumped out of the back of the pickup truck she was sitting in, and ran towards the house, barking.

By the time Middleton and his father caught up with her, it was too late. She was dying of a gunshot wound to the head.

“I shot your dog, sorry,” said Dooley.

Middleton said Candy was shot behind her ear, which he believes means she was not facing the deputy.

That wound didn’t kill Candy, though, as Middleton explains:

“I was so upset. I went over there to her and she was still alive and I begged and pleaded with him to please shoot her again because I don’t have any firearms. They got stolen. He went and got in his vehicle and backed out of my driveway.

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.”

Dooley went to his car and called for backup, and ordered Middleton and his father “do not approach” his vehicle.

PoliceStateUSA described what happened next:

According to the rancher’s account, 3 additional police officers arrived in separate vehicles.  A state trooper named Hayes allegedly pulled up and immediately threatened the grieving family with a drawn taser.

Middleton described the four officers as “very intimidating” and decided that documentation was necessary and began filming the encounter with his cell phone.  Video shows Trooper Hayes, with his weapon still drawn, mocking the victim by looking into the camera, saying:  “Hi mom! Hi Channel 8! How you doing?”

“He pulls up to my place and shoots my damn cow dog,” an upset Mr. Middleton told the other officers.  “The man pulled up without cause and shoots my dog.”

“I had no choice.  I wasn’t gonna get bit,” Dooley attempted to explain.

Middleton documented the incident in a detailed Facebook account.  “When we call on peace officers for their help and assistance we expect them to serve and protect us, especially if we are the victims,” he wrote.  “Serve and Protect? More like Invade and Attack.”

Middleton and his wife Jayna buried Candy at the foot of a tree where they had spent time together.

“It’s just terrible,” Middleton said.

Rains County Sheriff David Traylor refused an on-camera interview with KLTV. He said the case is now being investigated by the Texas Rangers.

When it comes to family pets, it seems that many law enforcement officers use the “Shoot first, ask questions later” approach.

Why are cops so afraid of family dogs? There is not a single documented case of a law enforcement officer being killed by a dog. Yet, some groups have attempted to count how often dogs are killed by cops, and they estimate that a dog is shot by law enforcement every 98 minutes.

I’m sorry” just doesn’t cut it. How about training officers how to peacefully handle family dogs, or at least teaching them how to differentiate between threatening and normal canine behavior?

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  • jim mcinnis

    it seems pretty obvious as of late. Cops enjoy killing or beating those who cannot fight back. Getting to be a daily news

  • wolf

    The pigs all deserve what the dog got.

    • matism

      And the vaunted Texas Rangers are about to deserve it as well, since I guarantee they’ll suck piggy’s dick.

  • Truth, Justice & AMERICAN Way

    should have shot da dum cop — dogs bark, deal with it, scumbag!

    • matism

      They had no guns. The thieves STOLE their guns, which is part of the reason they called the pigs in the first place.

      Pop a cop” time is coming soon.

  • Fudge

    These fucking jack booted commie thug pigs need to start being disappeared. Or showing up naked and mutilated in dumpsters, or………..

  • Herman Nelson

    Perhaps the dogs sense something else. Maybe they’re not really human? Easier to shoot the dog than to let them give away their cover..?

  • Shoot a policy enforcer sociopathically trained mutt and you are tried for murder. Turn the tables, CHARGE THESE FOOLS WITH MURDER
    Do a PRIVATE PROSECUTION,,,,because the foaming mouthed prosecutor in your area is a sellout pos
    Get a jury of 12 deregistered former voters/slaves who have their eyes open

  • What law? Maxim of Law says: When laws do not apply equally, there is no law. ( a paraphrase).

    Man made law is crap.

  • Undecider

    The rule is simple. Never call the cops unless you desire some kind of fatality. It’s that easy!

    People must learn to do without the police.

  • Martial Law Anyone? Obama signed an executive order giving himself sole power of our country in the case of a “crisis”! My bet is there will be a convenient crisis and he will use his new powers to round up who is seen as a threat to his tyranny/dictatorship. Welcome to the USSA!

  • Kountry Bumpkin

    We always had a Blue Heeler when I was a kid growing up, they are the best hardest working most eager to please little dogs and while they will bark at strangers as most dogs do they are not overly aggressive, like I said they really go out of their way to please humans.
    What a POS that domestic military force solider is, first he shoots her then he just leaves her there to suffer, what a POS.

  • Kountry Bumpkin

    OMG, I hope they don’t plan to give guns to postal workers, I think I prefer they just use them as a front, if they don’t we’ll have some idiot mail carrier “going postal” every week. Imagine the stress they’d be under if they actually was forced to deliver every bodies mail to the correct address….

  • Freespirit

    Ignore this idiot sell-out, he is a Troll and nothing more

  • Uncle Vince

    Well said….Why would anyone call them to their house? They are, for the most part, sociopaths, and if they show up and can’t find a crime, they usually will find something to charge the homeowner with. Calling them to your home is treated like an invitation to search your premises whether you authorize them to or not. And don’t forget, even if they charge you with a crime(s) and the charge(s) are later dropped, you’ll get absolutely no satisfaction or compensation for their violations against your civil rights. When there’s nobody else watching them in action, they are a law unto themselves. There is no accountability.

  • Reverend Draco

    Tell me. . . is it hard work, being such a pig-ignorant shitstain, or does it come naturally?

  • Reverend Draco

    Take a page out of their book.

    If harming or killing a police dog is assaulting an officer, etc. – then harming or killing your dog is assaulting, etc. a member of your family – and the perp should be treated accordingly.

    “I shot your cop, sorry.”

    If he dies from it, oh well. . .

  • Reverend Draco

    Tell me, Sparkles – do those cop boots taste good? Maybe they should wear blinkers on their belts, so you don’t get your nose broken if they make a sudden turn?

    Fucking sycophantic lickspittle.