Fannin County man seeks justice for his dog

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

LADONIA, TX - A Fannin County man says he wants justice after he says a local police officer shot his dog at close range with a tranquilizer gun.

"Very angry, my dog didn't deserve what she got."

On March 14th Jim Rook says he left his 5 year old boxer, Paddy, home alone for the first time, to go visit his sister in the hospital.
When he returned later that evening he found her on the side of the road just down the street from his house.

When he got to his dog, he thought she had been hit by a car because she was laying in this ditch bleeding, it was then that a Ladonia Police officer told him he had shot the dog with a tranquilizer gun, and would not allow him to take his dog for help.

"At that point he said no put her on the ground, she's going to the pound." Rook said.

Lodonia Chief Kevin Mayberry says his officer was responding to a call about the dog running loose in someone's yard.
The officer had been chasing the dog for about an hour when he decided to fire the tranquilizer gun from about 20 yards away.

"We use the gun as a last resort, after all attempts are lost, if we can't catch it with a catch pole, and can't catch it with a cage." said Chief Mayberry.

But Rook says his vet told him the injury looked more like a shot from close range.

"If he was close enough to do that kind of damage with a tranquilizer gun, then he could have used a catch pole or catch net." said Rook.

And when he was allowed to pick Paddy up from the city pound the next day, he was horrified at her condition.

"She was in a 2 by 2 wire cage and still had her open wound, it hadn't been treated and there was feces in the bottom of the cage." JR 10secs

Thoa Allen owns the Rainbow Bridge animal shelter in Bonham.
She says the conditions were deplorable, so were the dog's injuries.

"I don't know, if that's not abuse, I don't know what is, really." Allen said.

"Everyone I contact says it's not their problem or contact your local police." Rook said.

Rook claims several other area residents have witnessed the officer being cruel to dogs.

"I've heard the rumors, but no one has ever came to the city with that complaint." said Chief Mayberry.

Allen says it's a growing problem in the entire county.

"There's no justice for Mr. Rook, or for any animal in Fannin County, or the citizen in Fannin county."


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  • by Smiley Burnett Location: Bonham on Jun 5, 2012 at 01:26 PM
    When is the news going to come out about a former employee of Fannin County Electric Coop stealing money? Supposedly, she has since been fired.
  • by Joe User Location: Fannin on Jun 2, 2012 at 09:09 AM
    I see we still do not dig for the whole news at kxii. 5 year old dog, home alone for the first time. Was she in yard or house, how did she get out, did he have her 5 years and we are expected to believe 1st time home alone. Or he just got her and does not really know her temperment. KXII still needs to learn how to dig for news and not just write the script they are fed.
  • by No Justice, No Fleas! on May 30, 2012 at 08:28 PM
    Ah MMM Outraaaaaged!
  • by Not stupid at all! Location: Fannin on May 29, 2012 at 11:52 PM
    If you are unemployed, maybe you should use your time cleaning house before tricking businesses with families into moving to a good ole boy run county where the good ole boys are above the law.
  • by this is stupid Location: bonham on May 26, 2012 at 08:05 PM
    For crying out loud its just a dog don't we have more pressing issues like unemployment and attracting new business's to Fannin County some people need to reprioritize their priorities.
  • by Anonymous on May 22, 2012 at 09:26 AM
    Anybody know the status of the two loose running puppies that killed the guy in mead?
  • by Sky Spy Location: Fannin Cty on May 22, 2012 at 07:16 AM
    What better way would ladoniashelterorg have of gaining support from citizens and making the city use their shelter and quit hassling them than to let rook's dog out when he was gone, get it to follow him to town and wait for the officer to shoot the city in it's own foot and make the officer look bad in the process with his outrageous attempts at animal control? Just my opinion but when reading through the old Ladonia group pages from that date it seems to show that ladoniashelterorg used the incident to expose conditions at the city pound to justify his suggestion that the city use ladoniashelter.org's free shelter to deal with stray's humanely from then on so city could avoid lawsuits and trouble. Seems like wolfboy is trying to keep the controversy going whatever way he can so he goes from defending patty's story to becoming the citys and the officers new best friend's loudest defenders (so they will give him his permit and suppress barking dog noise complaints enforcement) Afterall, look at all the group ranting about all he has done for Ladonia and stray dogs while suffering so bad in return...and on and on. It's just my opinion but I think Rook, Ladonia, and the officer are being manipulated bigtime.
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      by John Q on May 22, 2012 at 01:48 PM in reply to Sky Spy
      You should write for a TV comedy show dude. Your conspiracy theory is laughable.
  • by just wondering Location: proof in picture on May 19, 2012 at 02:54 PM
    That wound looks like a near miss,I suggest a severe reprimand and gun training...
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      by John Q on May 20, 2012 at 04:58 AM in reply to just wondering
      Looked like a good shot to me. You forget the dog was running from the officer. The officer just used the wrong gun is all.
  • by Beatrice Belmares Location: Itasca , tx. Hill county on May 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM
    I totally agree with Mr Jim. Rook. There was no call for the Officer to react the way he did with someone's pet. It makes you wonder if he. Likes animals.
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      by John Q on May 20, 2012 at 04:54 AM in reply to Beatrice Belmares
      Who cares if this cop likes animals? Not only did he do a job he's really not trained to do he did it well. He got the dog off the streets and no one was hurt except the offending pooch. With the way this officer has been maligned in this blog you can probably bet the next dog gets a cooper jacketed slug instead of a tranquilizer dart. Then you bleedin' hearts can whine about him killin' the dog instead.
  • by Johnny B Smartest on May 19, 2012 at 06:24 AM
    Maybe next time, this heavily decorated officer could taze the harmless dog, Then shoot his tranquilizer dart from only 2' away. Nahhhh, just go ahead and put the dog down since the officer is almighty.
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      by Johnny Be Dumb on May 20, 2012 at 01:34 PM in reply to Johnny B Smartest
      Hindsight is 20/20...even to those so blind they refuse to see that the officer was doing HIS JOB! So you have a poor view of LEO's. Don't think that your view is that of the majority. If you FOLLOW THE LAWS you won't have any problems in society. STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOUR!
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