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Veterinarian: Family dog shot in back of head while retreating

Candy the dog on her porch. (Source: Facebook) Candy the dog on her porch. (Source: Facebook)
Veterinarian report on Candy. (Source: Facebook) Veterinarian report on Candy. (Source: Facebook)
RAINS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The family of Candy the dog says the necropsy report by a veterinarian proves that Candy was shot in the back of the head.

The dog was shot, owner Cold Middleton says, by Rains County Deputy Jerred Dooley. Dooley was responding to a burglary call at the Middleton residence, and when he arrived, he allegedly shot the barking dog.

Middleton says he begged the deputy to finish off the cowdog, since she was suffering, and he said he couldn't do it himself, as his own guns had been stolen. Middleton says that instead, the deputy got in his car and left the scene.

In a statement on Wednesday, Sheriff Traylor offered his condolences to the Middleton family for the loss of their dog.

"The Rains County Sheriff’s Office has never encountered an issue of this nature, but plan[s] to make positive changes for the future," read the statement.

The sheriff's office said that they are continuing to investigate the incident internally and that Dooley has been placed on administrative leave.

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