A Texas firefighter, Tim Conatser, is being panned on social media this week for posting a picture of two dead dogs that he allegedly shot on his property.
“Somebody didn’t put any truth my warning. Keep your damn dogs on your property,” he wrote on Facebook. The photo showed the bodies of the dogs along with bloodstained snow.
Family friend Kevin Forester told CBS that Conatser, a member of the Union Valley Fire Department, found the dogs inside his barn, and he noted they attacked his calf.
He said they belonged to his neighbor. “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,” said Forester.
Users on Facebook and Twitter sounded off on the matter.
“People that think they have the right to do something like this then brag about it should be put in prison,” a man wrote on the Union Valley Fire Department Facebook, per the LA Times. “If you could kill a defenseless animal in good conscious, you’re are a monster.”
Said another on Twitter: “Way to go #timconatser! Showed TX how cool you are killing dogs roaming like country dogs do. Lost your job as well. Family must be proud.”
Added another: “I hope it was worth it, Tim Conatser you lost your job and you’ve pissed off the SPCA and the internet.”
The Royse City Police Department issued a statement about the matter. It reads:
On February 24, 2015, the Royse City Police Department began receiving a number messages and photos via face book that depicted two dogs that appear to be deceased. The post includes a warning to keep your animals on your on property.
Our animal services department was notified and immediately began looking into the matter to determine whether or not a criminal offense was committed. Our investigation based on the provided photos and face book identifier’s indicates that the subject listed on the post resides outside the city limits of Royse City.
Due to jurisdictional boundaries and the nature of the information received, we have notified the Hunt County Sheriff Department and have requested their assistance with this matter. We will continue to offer support and any assistance needed to the Sheriff Office.
Anyone with additional information involving this matter please contact the Hunt County Sheriff Office at 903-453-6800.