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HUNT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A followup on the story of a Facebook picture showing two dead dogs, apparently killed by a North Texas volunteer firefighter. A friend had said the man was protecting his livestock, but investigators now say that’s not true.
The man who found the dogs says they were dumped into a ditch in Royse City, several miles away from where the man who posted the Facebook photo lives.
Robert Harris took a picture when he found the two dogs that were shot and killed. He says he discovered the dogs on the side of County Road 2514, around 12:30 Wednesday afternoon.
Harris is outraged. “As we were coming around the corner right here, just plain as day they were just sitting in the ditch. I mean there were stacked on top of each other like common trash. It was a malicious act. It was horrible.”
Harris says the SPCA collected the dogs and is now investigating, along with Hunt County Constable Terry Jones.
The new information comes after volunteer firefighter Tim Conatser posted a photo on his Facebook page claiming he shot and killed the dogs, and a message saying –
“Somebody didn’t put any truth [to] my warning. Keep your damn dogs on your property.”
Harris said he can’t understand why the shootings happened. “Why are you gonna brag about killing something? Period. I’m a hunter, but I’m not gonna go out there and post a kill of my dear. There are just certain things that you try to keep to yourself.”
Constable Jones said he hopes to wrap up his investigation and submit it to the county attorney by early next week.
Jones says he found no evidence of the dogs having attacked Conatser’s livestock and that he might face animal cruelty charges.
Since the firefighter’s Facebook photo went viral, the Union Valley Volunteer Fire Department has temporarily suspended him.
The social media posting has also resulted in the fire department receiving death threats from as far away as Canada and Europe.
Conatser isn’t talking with reporters.
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