Jayna, Coleson, and I (among others) are here. It's been almost a year since Candy's tragic death, and ever since then we have vowed to change the status quo of cops shooting dogs without regard for non lethal methods. The problem of police needlessly killing our beloved pets must be solved. The bill HB 593 goes before committee tomorrow morning at 8:00. I'm set to testify. Pray that the wheels of change continue to turn.
As the Texas legislative session begins, Justice for Candy has made it's 1st financial contribution to assist in passing Canine Encounters Training for Texas Peace Officers (Candy's Law). $20,000 was donated to the THLN (via SPCA of Texas). The THLN is working diligently in passing these mandated training measures to ensure that tragedies like Candy's do not happen anymore. This leaves the Justice for Candy fund with an account balance of $8085.47. Thank you all for your continued support. Together we are the CHANGE!!! (Pictured is the official cashiers check, Cole and Jayna, and Cole and Shelby Bobosky of the THLN).
This is a big step. This case will set precedent in Texas. If a LEO shoots a dog unnecessarily and beyond their scope of employment, they can be charged, indicted, lose their law license, and possibly convicted. The agreement that prosecution and defense came to was that if Mr. Dooley would sign away his license to never be a peace officer ever again as well as publicly before the court admit his actions were his own fault. Only then would the prosecution drop the charges. If he ever tried to reapply for any type of peace officer license he will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. He will never again respond to anyone's house and do this to their family ever again. That lets me rest easier at night. God bless you all. Justice for Candy! Pass Candy's Law!!
This is the type training we are trying to make mandatory as part of the already established 40 hours of in-service training mandated by the state. This particular course is an already approved course, but it's not mandatory. Isn't it time to stop the needless shootings of our family members (and in Candy's case valuable employee or service dogs)?? We must get this passed this session! No excuses lawmakers!! More information coming soon on the proposed law! http://www.canineencounters.com/index.html
Peace Officers have to undergo 40 hours of in-service training every 2 years. The training that we are proposing is a 6 hour course that will be incorporated into this already established 40 hours. It will be VERY similar to the training adopted by the Ft. Worth PD in response to "Lily". She was the border collie that was shot in her back yard a couple of years ago when the officer responded to a burglary call.. at the wrong house!! Seriously we've got to pass this in this session!! More info soon! Candy's Law!!
Justice for Candy Middleton
The support is so overwhelming.. Thank you so much to the anonymous donor who gave $10000. Incredible. Breathtaking. However, any donation no matter how much is so greatly appreciated. Prayers are also just as valuable as donations so please keep praying! Thank you all so much. That gets us to close to $24k. The goal was setup at $30k initially (because I really wasn't sure what goal to set). This is where we need your opinions, and your input. You know our intentions of us starting the nonprofit and fighting for Candy's Law being implemented and police forces being trained to deal with innocent dogs in a non lethal manner just as all civilian workers do. Where do we go from here? Obviously, the more money we have, the more impact we can make on police forces that do not have current protocols set into place to deal with our pets (just like Rains county's did not). It will also give us more capabilities in reaching our representatives in our Texas State legislature regarding these matters. Please respond and let us know your opinion. WE WILL BE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE REGARDLESS!!!
On a personal note Jayna and I would like to thank everyone for their continued support and prayers. You are the ones helping us get out of bed every morning! The coming up week will be another intense one as we will continue to seek criminal charges against Mr. Dooley and pursue disciplinary action against Trooper Hayes ( for mocking my father and I). Just to clarify on top of specifically seeking Justice for Candy our mission is to stop tragedies like this from happening to anyone. Our nonprofit will seek to do this by initiating Candy's Law(s). God bless and get to church!
Thank all of you so much . It's is a little difficult to remember if I have sent everyone a thank you , but God forbid I don't get a thank you personally sent to someone myself, Jayna, and Candy thanks you!!! Your generosity is incredible and your prayers and support are felt!!!
As we continue to fight for Justice for Candy by pursuing animal cruelty charges as well as illegal search and seizure (opening the doors to our house without permission). I think that Jayna and I have decided to use ANY money leftover, after all the legal ramifications, to bring attention to making police officers go through animal interaction training ( especially with that of dogs). We also feel that dogs that are wrongfully killed by police officers should be treated as dependents and not property! This must be a crime!!! This will ensure that any donation will not only help with Justice for Candy, but will hopefully provide new laws and requirements known as Candy's Law (or likewise). This way any $ donated will only and always be used for Candy's Justice. Thank you all, God Bless, and Justice for Candy!!!
I am so sorry for your loss and I am so very sorry for the way she had to go.
What cowardice and callousness, shooting a dog in the back and not enough guts to finish the job. We need to get all these trigger happy "peace officers" off the forces. They are everywhere and they had better take "To protect and to serve" off their vehicles since they have no idea what it means.
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