A police officer from Arkansas has been terminated from his department after shooting and injuring a small dog with his service weapon over the weekend, reported Fox News.
The incident occurred when a call was placed about an aggressive dog at the Shiloh Estates subdivision in Conway, north of Little Rock. The Sheriff’s Deputy allegedly arrived on scene and requested that the dog’s owner, Doug Canady, come over and speak with him. When Canady refused, the deputy approached the man. The situation quickly escalated.
The department says that when Deputy Keenan Wallace, a K9 Handler from the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department responded to the call, there was much he could have done before taking such definitive action against the dog.
“I believe there were numerous opportunities to de-escalate the incident,” Sheriff Tim Ryals said.
Instead of continuing to work through the issue, Deputy Wallace drew and fired his handgun at the Chihuahua while in close proximity to its owner, injuring it and infuriating onlookers.
The incident was caught on camera and has since gone viral. When others were questioned about the dog, it was said to have not posed a threat to anyone.
“She’s a friendly dog. she’s sweet. she doesn’t bite people,” said a nearby neighbor.
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO! Viewer discretion is advised!
Officer in Conway AR shot a innocent dog on private property without a warrant! just a stray dog wanting attention and barking like any other didn’t even kill the dog just left it to suffer. Total bullshit. Prayers to the owner who just lost their dog:( pic.twitter.com/lXYKk06ehG
— Catie (@catiejwoodson) January 5, 2019
After the shot rang out you can hear Canady protesting with Wallace.
Are you f—–g kidding me?” Canady shouts. “You’re f—–g kidding me!”
“I told you,” Wallace says.
Canady then yelled for the deputy to get off his private property, requesting that he be able to call his attorney while Deputy Wallace held out his taser.
Not only upset about the dog, but also fearing for his own safety, Canady remarked on the close proximity that the firearm was discharged.
“3 feet from me shooting a gun!” the owner states in a second video.
In a post on Facebook, Faulkner County Sheriff Ryals released the following statement, stating the officer ‘fell short’ of the department standards.
“My heart broke when he shot her. What did that poor dog do?” Canady said when questioned about the event. Canady claimed that he rescued the Chihuahua named Reese’s about 3 years ago.
Reese’s was taken to a veterinarian where he underwent surgery for a shattered jaw and is expected to make a full recovery.
“We will keep Reese’s in our thoughts through the recovery process,” Sheriff Ryals said.