Charges have been dropped against a former Rains County Deputy who was facing animal cruelty charges, KLTV News reported September 18.
Ex-Rains County Deputy Jarrod Dooley, who was charged with animal cruelty after the death of a dog during a burglary call earlier this year, made a plea bargain to have charges dismissed.
As part of the agreement, Dooley surrendered his law enforcement license in court on September 18 during a second pre-trial hearing. He will no longer be able to apply for a job in law enforcement anywhere in the country, or he will be prosecuted for the shooting of Candy Middleton, a Texas Heeler owned by Cole Middleton
Charges have been dropped against former Rains County Deputy Jarrod Dooley, who was facing animal cruelty charges. The former deputy was also attacked outside of the courtroom.
Pete Schulte, Dooley’s defense attorney stated to news media
“We still maintain that there was a defense to the shooting, but in an effort to have Mr. Dooley to be able to move on with his life we accepted the state’s offer of dismissal.”
Jarrod Dooley blames a previous attack in which he was seriously injured by a dog as the excessive fear factor that caused him to shoot Candy.
“I now recognize that my previous history has left me with an excessive fear of another dog bite. I also recognize that the normal duties of a peace officer require being in the presence of dogs on a regular basis. In addition, I apologize to Mr. Middleton for shooting his dog. As I said, I know that my fear of being bitten again, and my past history, was a major factor in what resulted on April 19.”
Schulte also stated public outcry as the reason Dooley was charged with felony animal cruelty. He believes the charges should never have happened.
Judge Eddie Northcutt called Dooley and his attorney to appear. Then the two men walked to the front of the courtroom and talked with the judge before walking into a back room to continue their conversation.
Dooley said in an interview he was glad to move on, away from a career in law enforcement. During the interview, a man in the courtroom ran up and pushed Dooley.
The unidentified attacker ran out of the courthouse, where he pushed Dooley a second time after he left the courtroom. Although Texas Department of Safety officials were called, no one was arrested.
Cole Middleton commented on the decision saying
“One of the things that I did not want was for this to happen to somebody else and I can assure you that if Jerrod Dooley was still carrying a gun around that this would happen again.”
Facebook: Justice for Candy Middleton now has more than 38,000 supporters, as the Middleton family is fighting for Candy’s Law. A recent post on their page states
All we want is justice. We do not hold a grudge, we are not full of spite, animosity, or hate. However, there should be consequences for ones wrongdoings. If there are no consequences, then lawlessness and injustices prevail.
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