Faulkner County dispatchers have been threatened by hundreds of callers after a former K-9 deputy shot a small dog in the Shiloh Estates subdivision on Friday.
One caller threatened a dispatcher's child, according to a 911 recording.
The unnamed man called the Faulkner County dispatch center at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, cursing the dispatcher who answered his call and eventually threatened one of her children.
The conversation begins with the man asking several questions regarding "worthless cops" who he accuses of being trained to shoot small dogs.
When the dispatcher proceeded to explain that now-former K-9 handler Keenan Wallace was on administrative leave as officials worked to investigate the shooting, the man became more aggressive.
"Internal investigations are bull**** and you know it just as well as I do," the man said.
The dispatcher then asked the man if he would like to speak with a supervisor. However, the man erupted in anger when the dispatcher said she could not directly transfer his call to a supervisor.
Forty-three seconds into the call, the dispatcher began explaining that sheriff's office investigators and other supervisors were not located at the dispatch center and asked a second time for the man's name and phone number when he began cursing her.
"Transfer your f***ing phone call. Do your f***ing job, c***," the man said.
The dispatcher responded: "Sir, do you want a direct number to the supervisor line?"
The man again demanded the dispatcher transfer the call, before telling the dispatcher to give him the direct line she previously offered to give him. Once she gave him the requested phone number, the man said: "I hope your dog gets shot and your kid too."
The call cuts off soon after she tells the man his comments were unnecessary and that her family and her pets have "nothing to do with" the caller or the matter at hand.
Faulkner County Sheriff's Office spokesman Erinn Stone said the dispatch center received more than 300 calls the day after the shooting.
From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., the dispatch center received 137 calls regarding the incident, and from 3-11 p.m., local dispatchers received 170 more calls about the dog-involved shooting.
At one point over the weekend, FCSO's website and social media accounts briefly crashed following the flux of messages it received.
The calls and flood of messages stem from a video that was released on Facebook on Friday by Faulkner County resident Doug Canady showing Wallace shooting his 9-pound dog in the head.
The video clips soon went viral, and the deputy was placed on paid, administrative leave that night. The following day, Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals announced Wallace had been fired.
Just as quickly as the video began circulating the web, donations to help offset the costs of the dog’s vet bills began pouring in. A Go Fund Me fundraiser has raised more than $21,000 for small Reese’s since Friday evening. The dog’s caretakers previously looked to raise $3,000 to fund the costs of surgery and other emergency care at the Arkansas Veterinary Emergency & Specialists center in Little Rock. The collection total has since been upped to $23,500.
Authorities were first called to the Shiloh Estates neighborhood, which is located just outside of Conway city limits in the Cadron Township, at 4:21 p.m. Friday.
According to an incident report, the initial caller said the small dog "attacked her near Shenandoah Drive and Antietam Drive" and that she "was hurt in the attack."
The woman, Katherine Gilliland, called 911 a second time minutes later stating she "was forced to pull a handgun on the dog" but said that she had not shot the dog.
Wallace and Cpl. Bryan Adkinson met with Gilliland near the intersection of Shenandoah and Appomattox drives, where she explained she was walking through the neighborhood when the small dog began attacking her.
The woman told police at one point, she grabbed a stick because the dog "continued growling and barking aggressively as it advanced toward her" and that she eventually pulled out a handgun.
Once she pulled out her handgun, the dog's owner yelled at her.
Canady, who watches over Reese's, has said while he does not own the small dog, he plans to formally adopt the small Chihuahua after she heals and that he began looking after her when her previous owners abandoned her.
According to the incident report, deputy Wallace asked Canady if he could speak with him in the roadway regarding the complaints made about his dog and the citation that was being issued against him but Canady refused.
"I asked Mr. Canady to speak with me near the roadway as to not agitate the dog. He refused," Wallace wrote in his report. "I informed Mr. Canady I would speak with him in his yard but if his dog threatened my safety I would act accordingly."
Canady reportedly began saying the dog was not his when Reese's "lunged" toward Wallace. As soon as the dog "lunged" toward him, Wallace fired one shot into the dog's head.
Shortly after shooting Reese’s, the K-9 deputy is heard saying he shot the 9-pound dog because “these dogs are chasing people.”
Upset that a Faulkner County law enforcement officer had discharged a weapon in front of him and shot a dog he has helped to nurture, Canady says he will never look at Faulkner County officials the same. He did, however, release a live video on Reese's Road to Recovery page asking the public to stop harassing Wallace's family over the incident.
He has said the small pup is making improvements, and hopes she will one day "be the bouncy, lovable, energetic dog she used to be."
"This is a tragic thing. It has changed my life forever. It’s changed that little dog’s life forever. It’s changed my daughter’s life forever. This neighborhood has changed forever. I’m asking everyone to stay focused, we can make real change," he said Wednesday. "I’ve moved past the shocked stage, and now I’m in the angry stage but I’m not going to let my emotions drive me. I’ve gotten a lot of love and outpouring from so many people and I just ask everyone to keep us in your prayers and thank you for the support. This is a wake-up call, stay safe out there."
Faulkner County Prosecutor Carol Crews issued a statement Tuesday asking the public to stop harassing employees of the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office and more and reminded them to be patient, noting she has not yet received a case file to review for possible charges in the matter.
Once the case file is complete and handed over to her, Crews said she will thoroughly investigate all evidence pertaining to the shooting, including all subsequent threats made by others following the incident.
“To be clear, as with any criminal referral, once we receive the case file from law enforcement, we will conduct a thorough review of the evidence and make the appropriate charging decision based on the evidence and law,” the Tuesday morning release reads in part. “We will also complete the same process on any potential criminal referrals which have stemmed from this incident, including threats made to Sheriff’s Office dispatchers and threats made directly to the Sheriff’s Office, including a bomb threat on [Sunday].”
Between now and then, Crews said she is asking for the flood of messages to fizzle out so that officials can do their part of this investigation justly.
In one of the 911 recordings that has been released to the Log Cabin Democrat, a man threatens to attack Wallace.
The man who calls himself "a pissed off biker" and refuses to give the dispatcher his name or phone number said on the recorded line that FCSO "better put that mother f***er underneath the bucket."
"You guys better hide that mother f***er," the angry caller said. "I'm going to be in Conway in a few days ... you might as well compare that little handgun that he was carrying, shooting that little dog, to a 50-caliber round on a human."
The Log Cabin will continue following this case as new details become available and has also requested a copy of Wallace's termination letter along with his personnel file and any and all other documents pertaining to this case. Along with documents the Log Cabin expects to obtain Thursday are Gilliland's initial calls to police regarding the dog attacking her.