The gruesome photo posted by Timothy Conatser showed two dead dogs lying on snowy grass, with blood around their heads. The caption on his Facebook page read: “Somebody didn’t put any truth my warning. Keep your damn dogs on your property.”
The Facebook post — a screengrab of which the Herald Banner published last week — turned into two felony charges for Conatser, a volunteer firefighter in Texas.
Conatser, 20, turned himself in to police Wednesday morning and is being held in the Hunt County Jail on two felony animal cruelty charges, Constable Terry Jones told The Post. His bond is set at $10,000.
He also been booted from the Union Valley Fire Department, which released a statement saying: “We do not condone the recent actions of one of our firefighters. We are following our policy in removing him from our department.”
A family friend, Kevin Forester, told the local CBS affiliate that days before the Facebook post, Conatser had learned the dogs were attacking his calf.
Under Texas law, a dog or coyote that attacks livestock can be killed lawfully, in certain circumstances.
“So he went over to his neighbor’s and told him that his dogs was getting in his barn and attacking his animals, to please, ya know, keep ‘em at home, put ‘em on a leash, build a fence, do something,” Forester told the station.
Union Valley Fire Chief Edward Ragsdale told DFW that Conatser asked to be taken off of the department rolls. “He says he apologized and he’s guilty of posting this on Facebook,” Ragsdale said. “He’s young and he recognizes what he did was wrong.”
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