Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Texas Farmer Calls Police to Report a Break-In When a Deputy Arrived Hours Later...
TheBlaze.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Jason Howerton

Posted on 04/24/2014 4:46:52 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012

A third generation dairy farmer in Rains County, Texas, is mourning the loss of his best friend and work partner after a deputy shot his dog while responding to a report of a break-in at the residence.

The deputy claims the 2-year-old blue heeler, named Candy, charged him, threatening his safety. The dog’s owner, Cole Middleton, says police allowed him to review the dash cam footage of the incident — and he says that’s not what the video shows.

Middleton told KDFW-TV that he was on his tractor and Candy was in the bed of his truck when the deputy arrived on his property. The barking dog then jumped down and Middleton lost sight of her.

Moments later, the deputy delivered the heartbreaking news.

“The officer comes down and says, ‘Sir, I’m sorry, I shot your dog — she charged me,’” Middleton recalled in an emotional interview. “I became very hysterical and very upset…I said, ‘No, no, no…you shot my baby.’”

(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com ...


TOPICS: Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: donutwatch
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-59 next last
Why do so many cops kill dogs?

Full title

Texas Farmer Calls Police to Report a Break-In – When a Deputy Arrived Hours Later, His Nightmare Began

1 posted on 04/24/2014 4:46:52 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: ilovesarah2012

Because it’s slightly easier to get away with than shooting people... And because they can freely shoot any time they feel “threatened”.


2 posted on 04/24/2014 4:51:30 AM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ilovesarah2012

cops kill dogs because cops are bullies with a badge and bullies are jello inside

don’t call the cops

cops are not your friend

don’t call the government for help

government is not your friend but your persecutor


3 posted on 04/24/2014 4:52:59 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ilovesarah2012

“...The deputy involved is reportedly on administrative leave....”
*********************************************************************

Well, at least the valiant deputy made it home safely...and gets a paid vacation to boot. That’s the important thing.


4 posted on 04/24/2014 4:53:59 AM PDT by House Atreides
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sicon

My wife and I are appraisers, and have to deal with dogs daily. I have been bitten once in all the years, and wasn’t ‘charged’ by the dog. Dang dog just quietly walked up and clamped down. But dogs that are territorial, charge, a firm voice and standing your ground will routinely stop the dog. Cops just don’t know how to deal with dogs.


5 posted on 04/24/2014 4:54:49 AM PDT by rstrahan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: ilovesarah2012

And if I go to the deputy’s house and shoot his dog under the exact same scenario, I will 100% get arrested and thrown in prison for at least 5 years.

Normal dog behavior is to run up barking at strangers. Its what they do. Yes, some dog’s will bite, but they give a much different presentation than your standard dart and bark dog.


6 posted on 04/24/2014 4:55:38 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ilovesarah2012

They’ve learned they can kill dogs with impunity.

The amped up cops aren’t perceived by the dogs as being “friendly”, so the dogs bark.

There’s so much cop video of cops shooting dogs that ARE NOT A THREAT, that you would think that the Chief’s must endorse the practice.

My solution, take down the perps myself, lock up the dog, call the cops for clean up and paperwork.


7 posted on 04/24/2014 4:57:27 AM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sicon

I have three dogs that I love dearly. I can’t imagine what it would be like for someone to shoot them.


8 posted on 04/24/2014 5:01:21 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: ilovesarah2012
Why do so many cops kill dogs?

Why does a dog lick his b@ll$?

Same reason. Because he can.

9 posted on 04/24/2014 5:03:25 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rstrahan

Most biters do not bark.

A barking dog is a good dog giving you a warning and a chance to make a choice.


10 posted on 04/24/2014 5:03:27 AM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: House Atreides

But who will he bully now? This must be frustrating for him.


11 posted on 04/24/2014 5:04:11 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: ilovesarah2012
Rains Co. Sheriff office phone number is 903-473-3181. The Deputy who shot a dog in the back of the head is named Jerred Dooley, badge #510.


12 posted on 04/24/2014 5:04:18 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ilovesarah2012
I have a theory that police have orders to randomly kill family dogs as a way of desensitizing citizens to the coming police-state aggression. We are getting used to seeing military-style police with guns drawn and in use. Also, dogs are one of a citizen's first lines of defense. Added bonus, the butthole cops get to kill something with their guns.
13 posted on 04/24/2014 5:05:03 AM PDT by ArtDodger
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ilovesarah2012; Joe 6-pack

Sad doggie ping.


14 posted on 04/24/2014 5:05:34 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ilovesarah2012
Why do so many cops kill dogs?

Because Barney fife is afraid of his own shadow

15 posted on 04/24/2014 5:13:32 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ilovesarah2012

> Why do so many cops kill dogs?

Moving target practice.


16 posted on 04/24/2014 5:20:49 AM PDT by jsanders2001
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yldstrk

Never call the cops unless there are too many witnesses. But have the area secured long before they get there. That means pets out of sight, locked in a room. That means weapons put away. The area well lit. When you call the cops just figure you are inviting an insecure, armed thug with a chip on his shoulder to come and show how large and in charge he is. So naturally you have to set a scene that would make a grade school girl feel safe. You want to secure the area, don’t leave it to them because that will involve threats, shouted commands, shooting your dog, and probably tasing or shooting family members. Not a joke, there is a very real, non-zero chance of those outcomes for even the simplest call.


17 posted on 04/24/2014 5:20:52 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: ilovesarah2012

This past winter I had to call local police regarding someone casing the house I was working at. The owner has two beautiful black labs that I have personally trained. I have no doubt they would obey my slightest command, but knowing cops...I kenneled them for their own safety. They have never bitten anyone...lick you to death...but not bite.

Many people own dogs as a deterrent. They may be pets and not trained guard dogs, but their bark is a deterrent. Like the one lab mentioned above, he has a bark that will scare most folks. When he barks his alarm bark...I pay attention. I have watched more than once a few people take a step back from him. Would a cop shoot him...potentially. Would it have been warranted based on body language? No. But... I could very realistically see it happening.

But are cops trained dog handlers? No, they are not. Handling the dog is the owners responsibility. A dog jumping out of a vehicle, pick-up bed etc. and warning barking could easily be perceived as a threat. As a dog handler, it would startle me, but then I’d simply “freeze and be the tree.” A dog in a vehicle I expect to stay in the vehicle. Nine times out of ten I’m there on a friendly basis, not responding to law enforcement issue.


18 posted on 04/24/2014 5:23:20 AM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ThunderSleeps

I am really beginning to believe that the cops are not our friends.


19 posted on 04/24/2014 5:23:44 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: EBH

The autopsy on the dog said he had his back turned to the cop when he was shot. No excuse for shooting the dog.


20 posted on 04/24/2014 5:27:25 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-59 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson