Former sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a dog shares his regret and pain
Point, TX — A former sheriff deputy in Texas is opening up about fatally shooting a dog. He has lost his job over the ordeal, he shared his pain and regret in an emotional interview with Rebecca Lopez.
Attorney, "Obviously this is very emotional for my client."
Jarrod Dooley wiped away tears as he tried to explain why he shot Candy, a 2 year-old Blue Heeler, "Tried everything I could to get away from him. Told her to get back, she wouldn't get back, I fired two shots."
Dooley says he himself is a dog lover and once worked for the SPCA. He says when he first drove up to this farm in Point, Texas on a burglary call, Candy was not acting aggressive.
So he got out of the car, he says that's when Candy came at him. He says he didn't want to shoot her, "The owner of the dog got off the tractor, I said did you call for a deputy, he said yeah I did, I said before we start, your dog charged me, I had to shoot her, and he got upset, which is understandable, I'd be upset if it was my dog, I love mine like he's my son, I tried to calm him down, it wasn't working."
The shooting has sparked outrage across the world after the dog's owner Cole Middleton took his story to social media and released a video. It shows other officers mugging for the camera.
Dooley who is a single father says he and his son have received death threats, "I can't go the grocery store without being recognized and pointed at and laughed at, I can't pay my water bill without hearing my name and saying that's the sorry cop who killed a dog."
Dooley was fired and his life has been turned upside down. He says he can't change what happened and feels for the owner's loss, "I wish I could take his hurt away, I can't begin to imagine how bad it hurts. I hear her yelp every night before I got bed, there's probably not a minute goes by I don't think about it, I'd give anything to walk up to him, hug his neck, try to make his pain go away, but I know I'll never get that chance, I know how much my dog means to me."
Dooley said he doesn't intend to sue over his termination, he just wanted to tell his side of the story.