Target: Terry Jones, Constable in Hunt County, Texas
Goal: Investigate and charge firefighter who allegedly killed his neighbor’s dogs.
A volunteer firefighter named Tim Conatser allegedly posted a photo to his Facebook of two dogs he claimed he killed. Conatser stated his reasoning for this devastating killing was that he previously warned the dogs’ owner to keep them off of his land. Supposedly the dogs were hurting Conatser’s livestock, and this gave him the authority to kill them. There is a law in Texas that says if a dog or coyote is found attacking livestock, domestic animals, or fowls, their owners or a person observing the attack may kill them. However, as of now we do not know if these dogs even did this or who their owner is. Constable Terry Jones is further looking into the case.
The Facebook post sparked outraged throughout the world, from fellow animal lovers. The post was very boastful, and clearly depicted the bloody dead dogs. Animal abusers need to be held accountable for their actions. Laws that allow one to take the fate of an animal in their own hands need to be overturned. Even if, these dogs did attack Conatser’s livestock most likely they did not know what they were doing. These dogs did not deserve to be viciously killed.
It is a very scary thought to think that someone who spent their time rescuing others allegedly did such a thing. The Union Valley Fire Department has received threats since the photo went viral. Threatening the fire department is also wrong because that just creates more violence. Fellow firefighters may not even have been aware of the alleged harshness he had inside him. Instead he must be charged if found guilty, and serve for his time. Also he should be charged for allegedly posting a gruesome picture even if he didn’t kill them.
By signing this petition you are saying that animal abusers cannot get away with what they’re doing. You are also helping to influence Constable Terry Jones to conduct a comprehensive investigation.
Dear Constable Terry Jones,
Tim Conatser’s Facebook photo stating that he allegedly proudly killed two of his neighbors’ dogs is atrocious. Not only is Conatser admitting to killing the dogs, he also says that this is what happens when he gives a warning and one doesn’t listen. A person who has no remorse for killing animals needs to be stopped. You must provide a thorough investigation to get to the bottom of this. If Conatser is found guilty he must be charged and shown that this behavior is not acceptable.
Conatser says that he allegedly killed these dogs because they attacked his livestock, and he warned his neighbor that they wouldn’t get away with doing it again. I’m aware of the law that states a person can kill a dog if they found them attacking their livestock, but we do not know if there is any truth to his claims. Laws like this need to be overturned, because people who are abusive will use this to their benefit. Dogs can be loyal pets, but sometimes they are unaware of the impacts of their actions.
Please help these dogs to rest peacefully, by investigating this case with a watchful eye. I’m urging you to not allow those who hurt animals to get away with it.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Russavia via Wikimedia Commons