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    Robbed, firearms stolen, dog shot

    The video of the "response" from LE on the facebook page is heartbreaking and enraging at the same time.

    Man calls to report a burglary, deputy arrives and shoots his dog in the head

    RAINS COUNTY, TX — A man says that when he called police to report that his home had been burglarized, he waited hours for an officer to arrive — only to witness his dog promptly being shot in the head by the responding deputy. He says when more backup arrived, they mocked and intimidated him with a taser.
    On April 18th, Cole and Jayna Middleton discovered that their home had been broken into. Several items had been stolen, including the family’s firearms. Mr. Middleton phoned the Rains County Sheriff’s Office for help.
    Mr. Middleton, a farmer and cattle rancher, tended his crops while waiting approximately 2.5 hours for a deputy to arrive and take a police report. Middleton’s father was in the pasture with him, along with the family’s beloved pet and trusted cow-herder ‘Candy.’ Candy was a 3-year-old Blue Heeler (also known as an Australian Cattle Dog) and weighed approximately 40 pounds. She was sitting in the back of a pickup truck as they worked.
    When Rains County Deputy Jerred Dooley arrived, Middleton and his father both say they witnessed the deputy stick his head into the door of their house, which was nearly 40 yards away. Candy barked at the unknown stranger, hopped out of the truck and approached the house “barking like all good dogs do,” Middleton described.
    Cole Middeton and his father immediately made their way up to the house to meet the deputy, but it was already too late. Candy was dying on the ground of a gunshot wound to the head.
    “I shot your dog, sorry,” Middleton remembers Deputy Dooley telling him.

    Middleton says that Candy was shot behind the ear — in the side of her head — a wound he believes indicates that she was not facing the deputy.
    The deputy then retreated to his squad car, and using his vehicle loudspeaker, ordered the men “do not approach the vehicle.” Reinforcements were called.
    Middleton says that he could not bear to see his dog “yelping and thrashing in unbearable pain.” He asked the deputy to finish her, but he refused. Middleton’s guns had been stolen — the reason for calling the police — so he had no choice but to mercifully end her life with his bear hands; he gathered some water in a bucket and drowned her. He was devastated, and stressed that Candy was only barking and had never been aggressive.
    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?”
    The video documents the six men having a heated discussion for several minutes.


    “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.”
    Unfortunately the Middletons are the latest victim of a nationwide epidemic of unnecessary pet killings by police — otherwise known as “puppycide



    https://www.facebook.com/JusticeforCandyMiddleton

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    At this point, if you A: have a dog, and B: ever call the police, you've basically requested euthanasia for your dog - by gunshot. At the very least it's your own damn fault.

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    I cant understand why police shoot so many dogs. I am 44 yrs old and I have never shot a dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onus View Post
    I cant understand why police shoot so many dogs. I am 44 yrs old and I have never shot a dog.
    For the same reason they have no problem drawing a gun and "accidentally" shooting an unarmed suspect or twenty. "Officer safety".
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    It is remarkable to me that a group of such privileged, protected, powerful (Q.I.) individuals are some of the biggest cowards you will ever read of.

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    He went home at the end of his shift.

    And that is all that matters. All that matters with regards to this dogs life, an unarmed citizens life, THE CONSTITUTION, etc.



    "Rule #1" in LE land, trumps EVERYTHING else.
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    What a ******* *******.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PistolPackingMomma View Post
    It is remarkable to me that a group of such privileged, protected, powerful (Q.I.) individuals are some of the biggest cowards you will ever read of.
    When children are killed with toys in their hands, not only do their "brothers" defend them, they will go further to speak of the fears of guns made to look like toys, ie: nerf guns and super soakers that conceal real firearms. They instill fear in each other and FEED on it.

    I spent quite a bit of time interacting with LEOs on Policeone, I have a marginal "deputy" status regarding a certain Nat. Park, and only LEOs can comment on their stories. The thin blue line/brotherhood mentality is truly frightening, they will defend and excuse all but the most egregious offenses. A story quite a while back about a cop shooting a black lab while on a walk with it's owner was discussed and ALL dogs in their eyes are "fair game".

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    never allow cops on your property ... they can sue the town for the value of the dog ... about $100?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidmcbeth View Post
    never allow cops on your property ... they can sue the town for the value of the dog ... about $100?
    Ya know, I never considered that. If ya gotta report something, do it from a public place. Unless there's a medical emergency where the victim cant be moved, I'll never call 911 or make any voluntary contact with the police from my home.

    Good point... NEVER allow cops on your property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidmcbeth View Post
    never allow cops on your property ... they can sue the town for the value of the dog ... about $100?
    So in a case like this, you'd simply file a report listing the stolen items? I suppose if all they're gonna do is make a report anyway, there's no point in them coming to your home to take it.
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    If the Sheriff David Traylor doesn't step up here, I would like to see Mr. Middleton run for Sheriff of Rains county.
    Rains county doesn't have any large towns, so it would be mainly farmers voting in the election.

    Sheriff David Traylor
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    P. O. Box 398
    Emory, TX 75440
    Phone: 903-473-5000 ext 280

    TV report informs that the Texas Rangers are being put to good use investigating the shooting - as opposed to tracking down violent criminals in the state.
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    I don't understand why the home owner didn't bandage the wound as best he could, jump in his truck with the dog and high tail it to the nearest vet?
    I also don't understand why officers have to jump right to lethal force on a DOG! Both pepper spray and tasers work on them to damn it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark-in-texas View Post
    I don't understand why the home owner didn't bandage the wound as best he could, jump in his truck with the dog and high tail it to the nearest vet?
    The dog was shot in the head behind the ear, most likely with a .40 cal or 9mm. Saving it was most likely not an option. I would also put money on the "officers" stopping the man with threat of the exact same force from doing what you propose.


    Quote Originally Posted by mark-in-texas View Post
    I also don't understand why officers have to jump right to lethal force on a DOG! Both pepper spray and tasers work on them to damn it!
    ALL, I repeat ALL cops are going to lethal force first in any situation and no longer as a last resort. It is crystal clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark-in-texas View Post
    I don't understand why the home owner didn't bandage the wound as best he could, jump in his truck with the dog and high tail it to the nearest vet?
    I also don't understand why officers have to jump right to lethal force on a DOG! Both pepper spray and tasers work on them to damn it!
    This is actually a good question. I wonder if they had tasers. While its tough to get both prongs in such a small target it is possible and effective if done properly. Problem is you only get one go. One you deploy you have to change cartridge, drive stun, or holster and draw firearm. Sucks.

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    I'm a serviceman. I meet a dozen strange dogs a day, on their turf. I've never shot one. This is not hard.

    And I'm not a "trained professional." Nor am I "held to a higher standard."
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    Could you imagine the public outrage and swift dispension of "justice" (the lady's blindfold seems to have been slipping lately) if ordinary civilians were going about their business and shooting every barking dog they came across?

    Egads...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primus View Post
    I wonder if they had tasers. While its tough to get both prongs in such a small target it is possible and effective if done properly. Problem is you only get one go. One you deploy you have to change cartridge, drive stun, or holster and draw firearm. Sucks.

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    Yes they had tazers. They had them drawn and threatening the dogs owner and family with them after the shooting.

    USPS, UPS, Fed Ex, Utility Meter readers of every sort and MAC702 below, deal with dogs day in day out and don't shoot a single one. They don't have tazers either. Pepper spray if anything at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by MAC702 View Post
    I'm a serviceman. I meet a dozen strange dogs a day, on their turf. I've never shot one. This is not hard.

    And I'm not a "trained professional." Nor am I "held to a higher standard."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff. State View Post
    Yes they had tazers. They had them drawn and threatening the dogs owner and family with them after the shooting.
    Right. Because tazers are for compliance - they've already got license to shoot at anything even resembling a threat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC702 View Post
    I'm a serviceman. I meet a dozen strange dogs a day, on their turf. I've never shot one. This is not hard.

    And I'm not a "trained professional." Nor am I "held to a higher standard."
    That's because your CO would say "did you have to shoot that dog" and not "tally another dead dog! 2 more and free pizza for the unit!"

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    The part which leaves my pickles frostiest is that our dogs are just so much property to be casually destroyed at the slightest inconvenience to the service of their "duties", but their dogs are "unarmed K9 officers" who should be protected with literally any degree of force, including lethal force.

    Never mind that most pet dogs are considered to be, and loved as though they were, part of the family, whereas most police dogs seem to be abused, aggressive, violent and dangerous animals (witness the behavior of the dog during the James Boyd incident).
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    The dog was 40 pounds and trained as a cattle dog. Even if it DID try to bite the office, he would have almost certainly gone for the boot. Kick it off. It's 40 ******* pounds. Get back in your patrol car. Not ******* difficult. He shot the dog because he's a ******* bastard, not because he was in any danger of harm.

    If the dog was a big larger and started to lunge through the air, I might have a hard time not giving the officer the benefit of the doubt. But barking? All dogs bark. ALL DOGS BARK. ALL DOGS ******* BARK. Officer is an idiot and a bastard.
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    I had an Australian cattle dog, the blue heeler. I guarantan-*******-tee you that dog was smarter than the deputy. Of the two of them, the dog is the one that deserved to go home that night. Oh wait, that was the dog's home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff. State View Post




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    With some of the instances on tape, I would think, at the time, that some of the cops went nuts and were on a killing spree.

    Anytime a person discharges a weapon, I would think that people would be on a heightened sense to defend....so a cop shoots a dog that was not threatening and then starts to fan over to a person's direction with his drawn weapon?
    What would you do?

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