A Texas volunteer firefighter is under criminal investigation after authorities he posted a picture of two dead dogs on Facebook with a message to his neighbors that he had warned them to keep the animals away from his house.
The photo posted to Tim Conatser’s Facebook account showed two dogs, apparently shot to death, along with the warning:
“Somebody didn’t put any truth [to] my warning. Keep your damn dogs on your property.”
Union Valley Fire Department chief Edward Ragsdale suspended Conaster when he learned of the photo, but not before his department was flooded on social media with angry messages and even threats – from all around the world.
“We’ve had I don’t know how many hits,” he said. “We’ve had (them) from as far away as England, Portugal, Canada, every state in the union.”
Hunt County Constable Terry Jones said his office has launched a criminal investigation based on the Facebook post.
He said he did not know who owned the dogs and added that nobody had filed a complaint.
News of the Facebook post spread quickly in Hunt County, where many people were critical.
“I don’t think you should have put that on social media, and the way he made it sound is horrible,” said Brittany Clark, who works at a Royse City insurance office.
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