Graphic video shows a sheriff’s deputy in Arkansas shooting a small dog in the head after a man refused to come over to talk with the officer.
In the video footage posted on social media (warning: it's graphic), Deputy Keenan Wallace can be seen firing his weapon at the dog, who was running and barking in a yard while Wallace and resident Doug Canady, who was recording the incident, were arguing. The dog immediately falls to the ground and begins to yelp, while Canady can be heard screaming “are you f---ing kidding me?”
Wallace then tells Canady, “I told you” while putting his gun back in the holster.
Although it was initially believed that Reeses the dog was killed by the deputy, she survived and is currently receiving medical treatment for her injuries.
Wallace, who had served as a K-9 handler in the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, was later fired by the department for his actions, according to KATV.
“I was notified Friday of an incident involving Deputy Keenan Wallace. Deputy Wallace fired his service weapon that injured an animal while in close proximity to a citizen,” Sheriff Tim Ryals wrote in a post on Facebook. “I believe there were numerous opportunities to de-escalate the incident.”
Ryals said investigators are working to determine whether Wallace violated any state law or department procedures with his actions, although at this time it “appears no policies or laws were violated.”
Canady told The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette the incident began Friday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. when he saw a woman standing in the street outside of his home pointing a gun at the dog.
He said he asked the woman to put the gun away and she said she planned to call law enforcement. The deputy was later called to the scene and can be heard in the video asking Canady to “step to the road” to come and speak with him.
When Canady refuses, the deputy shoots one of the two small dogs who were running around, barking and wagging their tails.
“Once he fired that weapon, I lost all mental faculties,” Canady told the paper. “My heart broke. I thought he just killed this dog.”
Canady had reportedly been feeding and caring for the dogs after their owners moved and left the dogs behind.
He now plans to take care of Reeses and said in a post on Facebook that he’s already spent $2,400 in medical costs to help save her life.
On Sunday, Canady posted a new video of himself holding the small dog, who is covered in colorful bandages.
Reeses then hops off his lap and curls up next to him as Canady tells her “everybody loves you” while he strokes her fur.
“She’s doing well, considering all things!!,” he wrote in the post. “Has bone fragments in her stomach and doing surgery tomorrow on both her jaw and to remove the bones!”
He told the Democrat-Gazette that the dog is unable to eat due to a broken jaw.
“It’s never going to go back to normal, but I want it to be rectified,” he said. “This man’s actions should not go unpunished.”
Ryals apologized for the incident and said the deputy’s behavior did not reflect the department’s standards.
“Our department is saddened about this incident and apologize for any distress and disappointment this incident has cause anyone who was affected by this disheartening event,” he wrote. “We will keep Reeses in our thoughts through the recovery process.”
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