Cole Middleton, of Rains County, Texas is steaming mad. Candy, Middleton’s cattle-herding dog, was shot, for no discernable reason, by a Sheriff’s Deputy Respond to Middleton calling 911 after his dairy and home were robbed.
The 911 call came in a little after 11:00AM. Middleton had been out, but returned home to find he had been robbed. Middleton had been out in the fields of his farm when the officer showed up to respond to the call.
“She’s barking when he pulls into the driveway letting me know someone’s at our house, an intruder is here, or a person who she would think was an intruder that she’s unfamiliar with,” he said. “She’s barking. The officer gets out of his car, and all the while we’re headed up [there]. He gets out of his car and shoots my dog in my front yard.”
Even though the heartless officer shot Candy through the head, it was not instantly fatal. Middleton didn’t have a gun of his own at the time, as they were robbed from his home. Out of nothing more than shear mercy, Middleton begged and begged for the officer to stop Candy’s suffering. The officer refused.
“And then I had to do the unthinkable, the otherwise unthinkable,” he said. “I had to kill my dog with my bare hands and put her out of her suffering, praying for this to be over with.”
The investigation into this matter is ongoing. No word has been released if any charges will be filed against the officer, or what other consequences he may face.