There is no video of the shooting, but the details are truly shocking and may upset some readers.
Texas farmer and cattle rancher, Cole Middleton, says when he called 911 to report a burglary at his home, it took the Sheriff's department over two hours to respond. When they finally arrived, a deputy immediately shot his beloved cow dog, Candy, in the head for barking.
But the wound was not immediately fatal and Middleton, who couldn't bear the sight of Candy "yelping and thrashing in unbearable pain," begged the Rains County Sheriff's Deputy, Jerred Dooley, to put her out of her misery. But Dooley refused, forcing Middleton - whose own gun had been stolen in the burglary - to do it with the resources available to him.
He comes out and shoots my dog, and he doesn't even do it in a way that would kill her. He shoots her in a way that I have to drown her because I don't have a gun to kill her because [it was stolen].
Candy Middleton after being shot by Sheriff's deputy Dooley.
Middleton says other officers arrived shortly and approached him and his family in an intimidating manner, which inspired him to record video of the interaction.
In the video, Dooley claims the dog was going to bite him:
Listen to me partner. I feel bad about shooting your dog. I had no choice - I wasn't gonna get bit.
A man off camera can be heard responding, "then why didn't you stay in the car?"
Rains County Sheriff's Deputy, Jerred Dooley.
Middleton says that the placement of the bullet wound - on the side of the dog's head near the back - seriously undermine's Dooley's claim that the dog was approaching him in any way, aggressive of otherwise.
Middleton has created a Facebook page called "Justice for Candy Middleton." On it he says Candy was "brutally murdered" and that "her only crime was barking."
It is unclear if the Middleton family will pursue a lawsuit against Dooley or the Rains County Sheriff Department, and at the time of publishing Middleton could not be reached for comment.