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Deputy who shot dog indicted on animal cruelty charge

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The former Rains County deputy fired for shooting and killing a dog during a burglary call has been indicted on a felony animal cruelty charge.

Ex-deputy Jerrod Dooley said although the Australian blue heeler named Candy was barking as he drove up, he believed the dog was friendly.

Candy was in the back of owner Cole Middleton's pick up and Dooley said it wasn't until he got out of his patrol unit that the dog jumped out of the pickup and charged him.

Gunshots cannot be heard on the dash cam video, but you can hear the dog cry out after it was shot.

Dooley said he fired two shots – missing on the first attempt. A report from a veterinarian after the shooting determined Candy was shot in the back of the head.

Candy’s owner, Middleton, is a third generation dairy farmer and said Candy was needlessly shot by the deputy.

Dooley’s lawyer, Pete Schulte, has previously said he thought the shooting was justified and said Dooley’s lack of training from the department was a factor in the shooting.

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