A criminal investigation is underway after a volunteer fireman in Hunt County, Texas posted a picture of two dead dogs with a message to his neighbors that he had warned them to keep the animals away from his house and livestock.
The photo which was posted on the Facebook account of Tim Conatser, showed the two dogs shot to death with the warning, “Somebody didn’t put any truth my warning. Keep your damn dogs on your property.”
Conatser reportedly shot the dogs, which belonged to a neighbor, after warning the owners several times to keep them off his property, and away from his livestock.
Conatser’s friend Kevin Forester told CBSDFW that the trouble began days earlier when Conatser discovered the dogs attacking a calf in his barn.
‘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,’ claims Forester.
Criticism and even death threats have since poured into tiny Union Valley Volunteer Fire Department from all over the US and as far as western Europe.
Amid an outcry that rang worldwide over the disturbing photos, the city fire chief suspended Conatser who has since apologized for posting the pictures.
An investigation is under way, but per local law, Conatser may have been within his rights to shoot the dogs.