Arkansas deputy fired after shooting a barking chihuahua in the face

By Christopher Brito

/ CBS News

Deputy fired for shooting dog

An Arkansas sheriff's deputy was fired after he was caught on video shooting a small dog during a response call last week. Deputy Keenan Wallace was relieved of his duties after it was determined he had "numerous opportunities to de-escalate" the situation, Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals said in a Facebook post on Saturday. The dog was wounded but survived.

In a graphic viral video, Wallace fired at a barking chihuahua named Reese's outside a home in Shiloh Estates, Arkansas –– a few feet away from Doug Canady, who took the footage and is looking after the dog. As the dog squeals in pain, Canady can be heard saying, "I just recorded you shooting that dog in front of me, putting me in danger!" The deputy replies, "No I didn't. The shot hit the dog, what I aimed at."

Authorities initially said Friday a deputy fired at a dog who was "aggressive," but a day later, Ryals terminated Wallace.

"We in Law Enforcement answer calls every day that require split second life and death decisions," Ryals said in a statement. "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."

Ryals said it appears no "policies or laws" were violated, but he will forward the investigation to prosecutors. According to CBS affiliate KTHV, Wallace also had a K-9 deputy assigned to him.

As for Reese's, the dog suffered a bullet wound to her jaw and is recuperating, but "not out of the woods yet," according to the latest update on a GoFundMe page for the injured pooch. She and another dog, Oreo, were known strays in the neighborhood after they were left behind by their previous owners, but were taken care of by Canady and his daughter, according to the fundraiser page.

Reese's also appeared to be walking in a new video posted a Facebook page dedicated to its recovery.

Reeses on 1/7

Posted by Reeses Road to Recovery on Monday, January 7, 2019

First published on January 8, 2019

© 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Book sheds light on secret plot to kill George Washington

Best-selling author details an effort to undermine the American Revolution just before the signing of the Declaration of Independence

updated 4M ago

Trump to give prime-time address to the nation — live updates

It will be his first time addressing the nation in prime time from the Oval Office

updated 5M ago

Deputy fired after shooting barking chihuahua

Deputy Keenan Wallace fired at a barking chihuahua named Reese's outside an Arkansas house – just a few feet away from the homeowner

updated 12M ago

How to watch Trump's prime-time address tonight

This is President Trump's first prime-time address from the Oval Office

updated 11M ago

Police investigating second death at Democratic donor's home

Democratic Party donor Ed Buck has contributed to various California races and causes

updated 22M ago

Trump to give prime-time address to the nation — live updates

It will be his first time addressing the nation in prime time from the Oval Office

updated 5M ago

How to watch Trump's prime-time address tonight

This is President Trump's first prime-time address from the Oval Office

updated 11M ago

Police investigating second death at Democratic donor's home

Democratic Party donor Ed Buck has contributed to various California races and causes

updated 22M ago

Russian lawyer in Trump Tower meeting charged

The case involving Natalia Veselnitskaya isn't related to the Trump Tower meeting with top Trump campaign officials

2H ago

Previewing Trump's prime-time address to the nation

It will be his first prime-time address from the Oval Office

3H ago

London's Heathrow Airport suspends departures after reported drone sighting

Officials said Heathrow Airport suspended departures as precaution

updated 3M ago

"El Chapo" hitman kept a soundproof "murder room," witness says

"He took me once to a house, where the floor was just white, tiled," the witness reportedly said of "Jaguar"

2H ago

U.S. Navy veteran reportedly jailed in Iran since July

State Department won't confirm arrest of Californian Michael White, but he would be at least the 4th U.S. national locked up in the Islamic Republic

2H ago

Saudis "satisfied" as young woman's asylum bid assessed in Thailand

Thai immigration official meets Saudi reps in Bangkok, as conservative Islamic kingdom dismisses teen's appeal as a "family affair"

5H ago

Turkey rejects U.S. request to spare allied Kurds in Syria

John Bolton set to depart Turkey without meeting leader in apparent snub over disagreements about U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters

6H ago

Regina King gets support for her Golden Globes vow

In her acceptance speech at Sunday night's Golden Globes​, King vowed to hire 50 percent women for all her production projects going forward

updated 42M ago

Kevin Spacey pulled over for speeding after court appearance

Kevin Spacey pleaded not guilty to groping 18-year-old in first criminal case brought against disgraced actor

2H ago

Jackson endorses congresswoman's use of "motherf*****"

"I just wanna Wholeheartedly endorse your use of & clarity of purpose when declaring your (expletive) goal," the actor told Tlaib on Twitter

18H ago

Stars break gender norms at Golden Globes

When male stars hit the red carpet in sheer and sparkly tops, eye makeup and heels, it can be a beacon of light for trans youth throughout America

22H ago

Christian Bale thanks Satan at Golden Globes

After saying he portrayed a charisma-free man reviled by everyone in "Vice," Bale suggested, "What do you think, Mitch McConnell next?"

Jan 7

Second grader wins Google Doodle contest

She's only in second grade, but she just got one step closer to fulfilling her dream of becoming a paleontologist

1H ago

Amazon surpasses Microsoft as most valuable U.S. company

Stock market's recent turmoil has shifted the fortunes of America's biggest companies as Apple falls to No. 4

17H ago

Running blind

A rare condition that left Simon Wheatcroft completely blind by age 27 has not slowed the marathon runner down, as he tests new technologies he hopes will help the visually-impaired

Jan 6

Everything you need to know about CES 2019

CES 2019 is days away. Here's how to follow the show

17H ago

AT&T makes new predictions about technology's future

25 years ago, an AT&T ad campaign made bold predictions about the future. A generation later, the company has a new set of them

Jan 5

Millions of Americans incorrectly think they have food allergies

New research suggests many adults who think they have a food allergy actually have an intolerance

1H ago

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Hillary Clinton tout stronger abortion rights

The Democrats shared the stage Monday at Barnard College in Manhattan to urge the codifying of abortion rights in New York state law

14H ago

Income volatility is bad for your wallet — and health

Unpredictable changes in Americans' income are on the rise and associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease

18H ago

Is it a cold or flu? 5 questions to ask yourself

Here are some simple ways to help determine whether your illness is a cold or the flu

Jan 7

22-year-old with deadly disease loses disability insurance

Social Security sent Megan Willis a letter saying her health had improved and that she was able to work. It was news to her.

Jan 5

Amazon pulls bath mats with Quran verses

Amazon stopped selling home product featuring Quran verses in response to backlash from Muslim civil rights advocates

updated 39M ago

Sears reportedly wants to liquidate, rejecting investor's bid

Retailer wants bankruptcy court's OK to close hundreds of stores and end more than 50,000 jobs, media outlets say

updated 31M ago

PG&E stock price gets hammered as potential liabilities mount

California's largest power company dropped 22 percent on Monday amid reports it may file for bankruptcy

4H ago

Nissan's Carlos Ghosn tells Tokyo court he is "wrongfully accused"

The carmaker's former chairman proclaims he's innocent of charges of underreporting income and other financial crimes

5H ago

Government shutdown starting to impact air travel

Some airports had long security lines as TSA workers called in sick, while safety inspectors aren't on the job

5H ago

Police investigating second death at Democratic donor's home

Democratic Party donor Ed Buck has contributed to various California races and causes

updated 22M ago

Missing baby's "abduction" staged to hide foul play, police say

Police now believe King Jay Davila was never in the car his father said the boy was inside when a woman drove off

updated 18M ago

Assailant sentenced for beating black man in Charlottesville

Daniel Borden was one of four charged with beating a black man on the day of a white nationalist rally in 2017

2H ago

"El Chapo" hitman kept a soundproof "murder room," witness says

"He took me once to a house, where the floor was just white, tiled," the witness reportedly said of "Jaguar"

2H ago

Kevin Spacey pulled over for speeding after court appearance

Kevin Spacey pleaded not guilty to groping 18-year-old in first criminal case brought against disgraced actor

2H ago  Original Article