Dog lovers around the world are coming out in droves to support Doug Canady after a horrific event occurred this past weekend.
Reese, Canady’s Chihuahua, was naturally barking when an officer came on the Canady’s property. Officer Keenan Wallace claims that the dog was behaving in an aggressive manner– but after seeing the original video we will link here— you will naturally agree that Reese was merely behaving as any dog would.
*We decided to show an edited version of the incident. The original video posted on Twitter may be disturbing to viewers. However, we do believe this story should be seen and shared. No one should ever go through this heartache!
Wallace claims that he felt the dog posed a threat and instead of taking proper measures, he just aims at the barking Chihuahua and shoots her.
In spite of the officer’s extreme conduct, thankfully, Reese is recuperating. You can see the sweet girl post-surgery in the video here with her loving owner:
The following statement was issued in a Facebook post by Sheriff Tim Ryals:
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 requires split-second life and death decisions. We strive to be right 100 percent of the time.
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 event. We will keep Reeses in our thoughts through the recovery process.
Sheriff Tim Ryals
The now-former Officer Keenan Wallace, that was fired, is obviously receiving quite the backlash. It’s a sad lesson and it puts civilians in a very uncomfortable place. How we personally respond to law enforcement should, of course, be respectful. Their safety is on the line on a daily basis. But we also want to protect our families and that certainly includes our pets.
How would you have handled this situation?
The original video, graphic in nature, can be seen by clicking here.
To see an edited video of Reese’s tragic shooting, with news coverage, click play on the video below.