Rookie Texas Sheriff’s Deputy Fired After Shooting Farm Dog

POINT (April 25, 2014) A rookie Rains County sheriff's deputy has been fired after shooting a farm dog while responding to a burglary call.

The shot critically wounded the dog, whose owner then euthanized the pet.

Rains County Sheriff David Traylor fired Deputy Jerrod Dooley Thursday after the department received threats.

Dooley, who was hired less than six months ago, used bad judgment and was terminated for his own safety, Traylor said.

Dooley didn't immediately comment Friday.

On April 18 Dooley responded to a burglary call near Point.

Video from a patrol car camera shows the blue heeler in the bed of a parked truck.

Dooley can later be heard telling owner Cole Middleton that the dog charged him and he shot the animal.

Middleton screamed as Dooley apologized and refused to kill the wounded dog.

Middleton later drowned the dog named Candy.