Justice for Candy Middleton
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Candy Middleton was a female Blue Heeler that was shot on her property on April 19, 2014 by Raine’s County Deputy Jerrod Dooley. She suffered greatly due to her injuries and had to be euthanized. Candy’s caregivers had called the Sherriff’s department to report a break in that had already occurred at their residence. There were firearms and other valuables stolen. They called to file a written report of the incident with law enforcement. When Deputy Jerred Dooley arrived at the residence two and a half hours later to take the report, the owners of the residence were in the pasture harvesting winter crops for their dairy farm. They saw the officer pull up and park behind their farm truck where Candy was in its bed barking at the unknown vehicle and guest. Candy hopped out of the bed of the truck and continued barking. Her caregivers started honking the horn to let Deputy Dooley know that they were on their way to him. They saw the deputy open the door to their house, stick his head inside without a warrant, permission or exigency as required by the Fourth Amendment of the constitution. When they reached the Deputy, he stated “I shot your dog. Sorry.” A necropsy report performed on Candy concluded that she was shot from behind while going in the opposite direction of the deputy. Deputy Dooley called the station for other officers to come to the scene. While they were there, they mocked Candy’s family and showed extreme aggression towards them. They were not only the victim of a burglary, they were also the victims of having their family pet shot by a Deputy who was supposed to assist them. The Raine’s County Sherriff’s Department accepts no responsibility for the shooting of Candy.
Please sign this petition to send a clear message to the Raine’s County Sherriff’s Department that what they did to Candy and her family is unacceptable and a violation of the duty that was entrusted in them to protect and serve. We Demand that mandatory Dog Encounter Training be given to all officers to train them on what is and what is not aggressive behavior in dogs. Training would also give them non-lethal alternatives when coming in contact with our family pets. The shooting of dogs by law enforcement is becoming a dangerous trend and has to stop. How many more of our family pets will have to die due to overzealous, trigger happy, untrained harassment officers that took an oath to protect and serve?
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