Arkansas deputy fired for shooting a chihuahua pleads not guilty

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County Sheriff’s disgraced former deputy Keenan Wallace faces animal cruelty – misdemenor charge

It was 4:30 pm in the Shiloh Creek Estates neighborhood – an upscale community in midst of Conway, Arkansas. The former Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) deputy, Keenan Wallace, responded to a 911 call for service from a woman who asked for police assistance to contend with a barking chihuahua called Reeses. Since Fmr. deputy Wallace was also a K-9 handle, it would seem he was the perfect man for the job.

On arriving at the scene, Wallace engaged in an altercation with the dog’s owner, Doug Canady. Canady had started feeding the malnorished dog following his move to the neighborhood, describing it as a “week malnorished little thing”. He stood at his doorstep as couple of dogs randomly barked at the woman caller. The rest, as they say, is viral video history. Wallace asked Canady to move closer to him, across he porch to the street, twice, but Canady denied. And Wallace chose his service weapon instead of the taser to neutralize any discernible threat by shooting Reeses point-blank in the head.

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Wallace is set to appear next before Judge Clawson on July 8 for a pretrial hearing regarding the animal cruelty misdemeanor charge. If convicted, Arkansas Law stipulates $1000 fine and a year in prison.

Canady was not having any of this, livid, he asked the officers to leave his property and posted the video online. The clip went viral January 4, the night Wallace shot Reese’s, a 9-pound Chihuahua mix. Since then, online users have flooded FCSO’s social media accounts with demands to file criminal charges against the deputy who was fired from the department on January 5.

In an interview with Fox 16, Canady described the incident as “cruel.” He also alleged that Wallace pulled a stun gun on him after the incident.

“You just fired a weapon in my direction at a poor, defenseless little dog. What’s wrong with you?” Canady continued, “How unstable do you have to be to shoot a little dog?”

Words, obviously, expressed in distress, nonetheless, give us plenty food for thought!

Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals said in a statement Saturday that deputy Keenan Wallace had been terminated after it was determined there were “numerous opportunities to de-escalate the incident.”

Ryals statement read that while Wallace had not violated any state laws or policies of the Faulkner Sheriff’s Office, the incident “fell short” of the department’s standards. He added that he will refer the investigation to the prosecuting attorney’s office for further review.

After months of eerie silence regarding Wallace, he was formally charged by a special prosecutor on April 9 with one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty after the video clip showed him shooting a small dog — Reese’s — in the head.

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The disgraced deputy was scheduled to appear in circuit court following Monday morning. However, his attorney, Bill James Jr., filed a waiver of his appearance last month. Along with the waiver, James filed a not guilty plea on Wallace’s behalf.

In an affidavit against Wallace, Canady said he felt the former deputy “was frustrated at my response to his demands while on private property instead of any fear of Reese’s [safety].”

Wallace is set to appear next before Judge Clawson on July 8 for a pretrial hearing regarding the animal cruelty misdemeanor charge. If convicted, Arkansas Law stipulates $1000 fine and a year in prison.

Meanwhile, a GoFundme page to raise Reese’s medical expenses has raised over $22,000 and has since been closed.

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  1. I’ll say what I said on YT..A SO CALLED grown man actually used a gun against a 9 lb Chihuahua,just WOW!! I am ashamed as a human because of this mAnster! The little neglected,abandoned pup who barked to defend the man who fed him, made the cop fear for his life ?

  2. I find it mind blowing that the cop has the balls to plead not guilty when video evidence says the opposite. I have two chihuahuas and if any cop did that to one of my dogs, you would have to keep me from beating him to death.

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