Don’t say we didn’t warn you. “Cole Middleton was doing some repairs at his family’s dairy farm while his wife Jayna was shopping. He got home around 11 a.m. and discovered his house had been burglarized. Middleton says his guns, iPad and his wife’s jewelry had been taken,” kltv.com reports. “Middleton called 911 and eventually took over harvesting silage from his grandfather. He and his father were in a nearby field when law enforcement arrived. “Middleton said when the deputy arrived to investigate, the deputy claimed the dog was about to bite him and shot the dog to defend himself.” OK, that’s horrible, regardless how aggressive the Australian cattle dog may or may not have been. But it gets much, much worse . . .
Middleton says the dog was shot in the head. He begged the deputy to finish off his cowdog named Candy since the dog was suffering.
“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,” Middleton explained . . .
“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,” Middleton said.
Middleton said other law enforcement arrived and started asking questions.
“They then asked well whose blood is on your shirt. That is the blood of my dog that I was holding because this deputy pulled up and shot her in my yard. Then the tasers were put away and the pistols withdrawn,” Middleton stated.
So the cops drew on Mr. Middleton after he was burglarized, a cop shot his dog, the cop left and some other cops showed-up. That is the dictionary definition of a bad day. Sure, it could have been worse. But really, if it was your dog, would you be counting yourself lucky that the police didn’t shoot you, the homeowner who’d been the victim of a crime (or two)?
Middleton 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 declined an on-camera interview, saying the case is now being investigated by the Texas Rangers.
There are some jurisdictions where shooting a police canine is a felony. What’s good for them should be good – or bad – enough for us. Will the cop who shot the dog and scarpered be held to that same standard? [h/t KK]