Keenan Wallace, a former K-9 handler for the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office, has been formally charged for shooting a small dog in the Shiloh Creek Estates neighborhood earlier this year.
A video clip captured by resident Doug Canady went viral Jan. 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 Jan. 5.
Online records show that the former sheriff's deputy was formally charged in Faulkner County Circuit Court just before 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Jeffery Wayne Phillips, a special prosecutor from Russellville, filed a criminal case against Wallace at 8:54 a.m.
The former K-9 handler is charged with one count of cruelty to animals, an unclassified misdemeanor.
The case stems from a 911 call that Wallace responded to shortly before 4:30 p.m. Jan. 4. After responding to the disturbance, Wallace confronted Canady about a complaint made by a woman walking through the neighborhood regarding Reese's. The woman claimed she was attacked by Reese's and that the dog frequently chases after her.
The investigation escalated in front of Canady's home, where Wallace ultimately shot Reese's in the head.
Wallace asked Canady to talk with him in the roadway to avoid angering the dog but Canady allegedly refused to do so. As he walked toward Canady, Wallace told the Shiloh Estates resident that he "would act accordingly" if the dog threatened his safety, according to an incident report.
“I informed Mr. Canady I would speak with him in his yard, but if his dog threatened my safely, I would act accordingly,” the incident report reads in part. “Mr. Canady began explaining the dog did not belong to him. As Mr. Canady was speaking, the dog lunged toward me in an attempt to bite me on my leg.”
Wallace said he was 3 feet from the dog when it reportedly “lunged” toward him, adding that when the dog “lunged,” he pulled out his gun “and fired one round into the animal ... striking it and stopping the threat.”
Before leaving the scene, Wallace left a Faulkner County Animal Ordinance violation citation on Canady's porch. The citation filed by Wallace against Canady was dismissed in February, according to online records.
In the video recorded by Canady, the former K-9 deputy is seen shooting the dog in the head near Canady’s driveway.
Wallace is seen in the graphic video asking Canady to step into the roadway before he quickly turns and shoots Reese’s in the head. At no point does he offer to he help aide the dog as it cried and yelped and ran across Canady’s yard. Reese’s is seen in the video bleeding from a bullet wound on her head, and when Canady asks Wallace why he shot the dog, Wallace said the dog had been chasing others in the neighborhood. Shortly after, he pulls out a Taser and points it toward Canady.
Several online users have expressed they are “disappointed” and “outraged” with the sheriff’s office following the incident.
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."
The small dog has had numerous veterinarian appointments and surgeries since the incident.
Canady often posts updates regarding the dog's status on a Facebook page titled: "Reese's Road to Recovery."
Initially, there was a GoFundMe account created by one of Canady's neighbors. However, after a dispute between the two regarding how funds should be spent, Canady has since requested donors send him money via PayPal.
"If it wasn’t for Keenan Wallace doing what he did, I wouldn’t be in this position … Reese’s wouldn’t be where she is and we’d still be living our lives. I wouldn’t have anyone hating me … I wouldn’t have some woman who dictated how $22,000 was being spent," Canady said in a recent Facebook Live update. "That was the biggest disappointment of the whole thing."
Despite issues with the woman who created the GoFundMe account, the Faulkner County man said he is grateful for those who have contributed funds to help give Reese's a better life.
"I appreciate everyone that’s donated, everyone that’s bought a sticker. Thank you to everybody that’s bought a T-shirt," Canady said in a recent Facebook Live update. "All the help that everyone’s been giving, all the positive feedback really helps."
A veterinarian in Sebastian County will soon be performing a CT scan on Reese's as he plans to do some jaw stabilization work on the dog, according to the Reese's Road to Recovery page.
Page administrators posted an update Monday afternoon saying they believe the plan is "sounding really promising" and that donations can be sent directly to South County Animal Hospital by calling 479-996-6095.
"We are not sure of the full cost at this time, because they will be doing their own CT scan and there may or may not be complications. The clinic will be calling Doug with updates and for scheduling Reeses her next appointment," the post reads in part. "This clinic seems eager to improve Reeses way of life as best they can."
Wallace had not yet been arrested Tuesday regarding the newly-filed case against him. If found guilty, Wallace faces up to one year in the county jail. The former K-9 handler also could be ordered to pay a fine between $150-$1,000 and complete community service hours.