Rains County Deputy Indicted on Animal Cruelty Charges

Interpreting my ‘time out’ for an important announcement!!! And look…he’s no longer part of the ‘brotherhood’…

Texas Update: The Rains County deputy who shot “Candy,” Cole Middleton’s
farm dog, after responding to a burglary call on April 18 has now been
indicted on animal cruelty charges. He’s been charged with a state jail
felony, punishable by up to two years behind bars.

The rest of the story.

Former Rains Co. deputy indicted on animal cruelty charge after shooting dog

  • RAINS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) – The former Rains County deputy who shot a dog after responding to a burglary call on April 18 has now been indicted on animal cruelty charges.

    According to the Rains County District Clerk’s Office, 32-year-old Jerrod Dooley has been charged with a state jail felony, punishable by up to two years behind bars. Dooley was fired on April 24 after threats were made against him and the sheriff’s office following the controversial incident.

    Dooley’s attorney Peter Schulte said he would have had his client testify before the grand jury regarding the case and he’s disappointed that did not happen.

    “This is clearly a political knee jerk reaction by the DA in Rains County and there’s no chance that this case will stand up in court,” said Schulte. “It’s a legal impossibility because he was acting within the scope of his employment as a public servant. We look forward to our day in court.”

    Schulte added that neither he nor his client have been contacted by Rains County.

    Dooley has not been arrested and it is unclear if an arrest warrant has been issued for him at this time. Schulte said if a warrant is issued, his client will make arrangements to comply.

    Rains County homeowner Cole Middleton arrived home around 11 a.m. on Friday, April 18 and discovered his home had been burglarized. Middleton said his guns, iPad and his wife’s jewelry had been taken.

    Middleton called 911 at 12:46 p.m. At 2:41 p.m., Dooley arrived at the home. Middleton said when Dooley arrived to investigate, he claimed the dog was about to bite him and shot the dog to defend himself. The Middleton family says the necropsy report by a veterinarian proves that Candy was shot in the back of the head.

    During a tearful interview in April, Dooley tried to explain why he shot the dog.

    “I tried, but I didn’t think I could get away from her,” he said haltingly. “I told her to ‘get back,’ she wouldn’t get back … and I fired two shots.”

    The dog’s owner said he thinks the indictment is a stepping stone in getting justice for Candy.

    “Obviously the grand jury felt there was enough evidence there to bring an indictment against Mr. Dooley,” Middleton said. “I really hope this helps further the call and the need for Candy’s Law and getting officers trained to deal with non-aggressive and aggressive dogs as well.”

Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned  -B
-To answer a few questions-I’ve had major surgery, painful with medication making me loopy…But this one is rather important…I hope they lock this guy up for the full 2 years!!!





~ by topcatsroar on May 10, 2014.

2 Responses to “Rains County Deputy Indicted on Animal Cruelty Charges”

  1. All it’ll take is for one judge to declare in his/her omnipotence, that a jury would agree that he was “on the job” and the case will quietly get thrown out. That’s most likely a political thing to prevent the sheriff’s office from being stormed by angry citizens. By the time they toss the case, they expect the public uproar will have subsided. Then he’ll be awarded back pay for the time he was on “vacation” and life goes on… If Raines is anything like Marion, this guy will be Sheriff in a year or two.

    • Your analysis is consistent with Texas courts and how things are done in Texas…Good Ole’ Boys don’t defend or care about the citizens who placed them in office…Either your a member of the ‘brotherhood’ or you’re the enemy…and I though I was a US citizen with rights-HA! Marion County gearing up to take more for animal cruelty-it’s just so easy provided they know how to follow the law and if they don’t won’t matter much anyways…Take from your neighbors and friends cause already the sheriff and can get away with just about anything-wouldn’t be surprised if they try to get away with murder and claim immunity. Frankly, the recent decision to allow the outright physical abuse of that woman proves just what I’m saying when we know what lies they testified to!!! Sorry pieces of shit strapping a woman to a restraining chair and tazing her multiple times is disgusting, they defend their actions and got away with it!?!

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