Faulkner County Deputy Keenan Wallace, a K9 handler, was fired Saturday after the shooting of a Chihuahua during a service call. The incident was captured on video.
(Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office)
A police officer in Arkansas, which was recorded on video shooting and injuring a small dog during the service, was fired Saturday after the action that “deficit” of the standards of the department, according to a sheriff of the province.
Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals said in a Facebook post that a Deputy-Keenan Wallace, a K9 handler, fired his service weapon Friday and injured an animal while in the proximity of a person.
“I believe there were plenty of opportunities to de-escalate the incident,” Ryals said.
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The shooting took place after Wallace responded to a call of an aggressive dog in Shiloh Estates subdivision in Conway, located about 30 miles north of Little Rock.
In a graphic video posted on Twitter, Wallace asks the owner of the dog, Doug Canady, to come to the road to speak with him. When Canady refuses, the deputy starts to walk to him as the dog begins to bark.
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The camera is rotated in the direction of the ground as a shot sounded, and the little dog starts squealing and can be seen rolling in the grass.
Are you f—– – g kidding me?” Canady calls. “You f—– – g kidding me.”
“I told you,” Wallace responded..
Canady told FOX16 that the Chihuahua, named Reese’s, no one would be evil.
“My heart broke when he shot her. What did that poor dog do?” Canady said.
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Canady, which included shooting, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he saved Reese’s after moving to the Shiloh Estates area of three years ago.
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The dog has since been taken to a veterinarian and underwent surgery after suffering a shattered jaw, according to Canady.
“That is a tough little dog,” he told FOX16.
Sheriff Tim Ryals said Saturday that it does not appear that the deputy violated state law or agency policy, but he will refer the investigation to the public prosecutor for further investigation.
“I hold my Deputies to the highest standards for the protection of, and for the residents of our community. Unfortunately, a deputy fell short to those standards,” Ryals said.
Ryals, who said that the enforcement of the law aims to right “100 percent of the time,” said the department was saddened by the “sad case.”
“We love Reese’s in our thoughts through the recovery process,” he said.