FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark.– The owner of a dog shot by a Faulkner County Sheriff’s deputy who was later fired is speaking out about the incident that’s gained national attention.
“My heart broke when he shot her. What did that poor dog do?” Doug Canady said.
In a statement Saturday night, the sheriff said he believed there were numerous opportunities to de-escalate the situation.
Doug Canady said his sweet dog Reeses would not hurt anyone. He says he is heartbroken and upset, but grateful she is alive and recovering.
“When he shot that dog…when he shot that dog…I had lost it,” Canady said.
Canady said this all started after a woman pointed a gun a Reeses saying the animal tried to attack her.
“I told her to put the pistol away there is no reason to have it out — the dog is just barking,” Canady said.
Canady said Reeses wouldn’t harm anyone, but he didn’t feel comfortable around the deputy.
“I’m scared at this point. I want to go in my house. You just fired a weapon in my direction and poor defenseless dog. What’s wrong with you,” Canady said.
Canady said he waited for deputies to leave before searching for his little dog. He said someone in the neighborhood rescued her.
“I was a nervous wreck. I needed know where she was at and when they found her and told me she was alive…I was like wow,” Canady said.
With emotions running high, Canady just wants to know why.
“Why is he on the streets. How unstable do you have to be to shot a little dog?” Canady said.
He said he wouldn’t wish this pain on his worst enemy.
“I hope you never have to experience that I thought I was a tough guy until that happened,” Canady said.
He is grateful his little Reeses is recovering.
Canady saw Reeses Saturday morning at the vet. He said she is doing better but has a long road to recovery.
The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office released this statement,
Since taking office in 2017, I have been an advocate of integrity, professionalism and transparency. I hold my Deputies to the highest of standards to protect and serve the residents of our community. Unfortunately, a Deputy fell short to those standards.
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. I believe there were numerous opportunities to de-escalate the incident.
Over the last 24 hours, at my request, Faulkner County Investigators have been working diligently to investigate whether Deputy Wallace violated any state law or our agency’s policies and procedures. While it appears no policies or laws were violated, I hold every employee within our agency to the highest of standards and will be forwarding the investigation to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further review.
As a result of the incident that occurred on January 4, 2019, in the Shiloh Estates Subdivision, Deputy Keenan Wallace has been relieved of his duties at the Faulkner County Sheriff’ Office.
We in Law Enforcement answer calls every day that require split second life and death decisions. We strive to be right 100 percent of the time.
Our Department is sadden about this incident and apologize for any distress and disappointment this incident has caused anyone who was affected by this disheartening event. We will keep Reeses in our thoughts through the recovery process.
Sheriff Tim Ryals