A soon to be ex-volunteer firefighter from Royse City, Texas is receiving death threats among other things, after he shot two of his neighbor’s dogs and bragged about it online. The Union Valley Fire Department has suspended him and publicly said they intend to remove him. The incident has sparked an online firestorm, with people sending death threats from places as far as Europe.
The Union Valley Fire Department posted this status. Conatser’s friend Kevin Forester said that Conatser found the dogs attacking his 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,”
An investigation is underway, headed by Constable Terry Jones in cooperation with the SPCA of Texas. It still has to be determined if animal cruelty charges will be laid on Conaster.
However, there may be a way Tim Conatser could get off scot-free, Hunt County Sherrif Randy Meeks said:“A person has the right to use force, including lethal force, if an animal on one’s property presents a possible danger to property, animals or people.”
He also said: “If someone shoots an animal that was not presenting a possible danger, that person could be charged with animal cruelty” Meeks said.
The neighbors say they were never told about their dogs behavior or that they ever bothered their neighbors. Fox4 contacted the dog owners, who had no idea what happened to their dogs until they saw the post online.
“I’m in shock! I don’t know, I don’t understand these people. Bad people, I don’t know,”
Pulido Rodrigo, owner.
Even if he’s convicted, it’s only a misdemeanor.
We’ve explored the issue of animal cruelty punishment before in this article. What do you think it should be?