Hunt Co. Fireman Arrested After Facebook Post of Dead Dogs

The Royce City man is charged with two counts of animal cruelty

A volunteer fireman in North Texas was arrested Wednesday on two felony counts of animal cruelty after he posted a picture on Facebook of two dead dogs with a message to neighbors saying he had warned them to keep them away from his property, police said.

Tim Conatser, 20, of Royse City, turned himself in and remained in the Hunt County jail Wednesday morning, said Constable Terry Jones.

A jail supervisor said his bond is $5,000.

The Hunt County District Attorney wasn't available Wednesday morning to discuss the charges.

The photo on Conatser's Facebook account showed two dogs, apparently shot to death, with the message, "Somebody didn't put any truth my warning. Keep your damn dogs on your property."

Conatser was suspended from the Union Valley Volunteer Fire Department amid an online uproar over the post.

The Union Valley Fire Department's Facebook page says Conatser has been removed from the volunteer fire department's roster.

Information on an attorney for Conatser wasn't immediately available.

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