An Arkansas sheriff’s deputy was fired after shooting a barking chihuahua in the head Friday, an episode officials labeled”Disheartening.”
Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals said in a statement Saturday that deputy Keenan Wallace was terminated after it was determined there were”Numerous opportunities to de-escalate the episode.”
Cellphone video of the experience shows Wallace opening fire to the dog -named Reese’s – within feet of its owner, Doug Canady.
Police say the incident began following a call for support for an”Aggressive” dog at Canady’s house.
Canady told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that police were called by a woman standing in the road in front of the home, who pointed out a gun toward his property.
When Canady told the woman to put the gun off, she cried but threatened to call police, ” he said.
He told the Democrat-Gazette he began filming when Wallace arrived and began to approach his residence.
The picture movie – which was posted to Canady’s Facebook web page Friday and has been shared more than 40,000 times – reveals 2 dogs barking and running near that the deputy’s feet.
Wallace asks Canady to walk to the street. He declines.
“Okay, I’m going to come for you,” Wallace tells Canady.
“When the dog gets aggressive, I’m going to shoot.”
Reese’s could be seen walking toward Wallace while barking.
Seconds later, the deputy pulls the trigger of his support weapon.
“Are you … kidding me?” Canady asks incredulously, using numerous expletives.
He continues,”I just recorded you shooting that puppy, in front of me, placing me in danger.”
Reese’s survived the shooting required surgery for a shattered jaw and a feeding tube to eat.
A Sunday update to the GoFundMe page for her medical expenditures said Reese’s was facing complications together with the feeding tube and the dog was”out Not of danger yet.”
In an interview with Fox 16, Canady stated the episode was”Cruel.” He also alleged that Wallace pulled a stun gun after the incident.
“You simply released a weapon in my direction at a poor, defenseless little dog. What’s wrong with you?” An emotional Canady advised Fox 16.
“How shaky do you have to be to take a little dog?” .
Ryals said in the announcement that while Wallace hadn’t violated any condition laws or policies of their Faulkner Sheriff’s Office, the episode”Fell brief” of the department’s standards.
Fox 16 accounts that Wallace had a K-9 police dog assigned to him.
The section on Monday declined to comment further or affirm reports that Wallace is a K-9 handler, speaking The Washington Post to the news release on the event.
Canady did not respond to a message requesting comment Monday morning.
“Our Department is [saddened] about this incident and apologize for any distress and disappointment this incident has caused anyone who was affected by this disheartening occasion,” the sheriff wrote.
“We’ll keep Reese’s within our thoughts throughout the retrieval process.”
On Saturday, Canady shot a video of himself together with Reese’s in the hospital.
The dog is seen with a cast around her throat and two of her legs.