WARNING: THE VIDEO BELOW SHOWS A VIOLENT ATTACK ON A SMALL ANIMAL
The Faulkner County Sheriff has fired the deputy who was caught on camera shooting a small dog.
Sheriff Tim Ryals said in the statement he felt deputy Keenan Wallace had numerous opportunities to deescalate the incident.
Ryals added it appears no state law was violated. The investigation will be turned over to the prosecuting attorney’s office for further review.
His full statement is embedded below:
Noon Saturday Update:
The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed to our Mitch McCoy the deputy seen in the video has a K9 (police dog) assigned to him.
The sheriff added both criminal and internal investigations are happening now.
The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office has put a deputy on paid administrative leave after video surfaced showing the deputy shoot a small dog.
The video posted to multiple social media sites shows a deputy speaking with a homeowner as two small dogs run around a yard. At one point, one of the dogs starts barking and the deputy shoots the animal.
The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office responded to social media backlash on Facebook Friday night calling the incident “unfortunate.”
They say they were responding to an aggressive dog call in Shilok Estates.
Sheriff Tim Ryals placed the deputy on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. He also said video of the incident is being reviewed, according to the department Facebook post.
“The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office will investigate this incident to its fullest,” the post went on to read. “Thank you for your on going support.”
According to a Go Fund Me page, the dog is alive and currently receiving medical attention. As of Saturday morning, the page had raised roughly $1,000 to cover the dog’s bills.