Texas firefighter Tim Conatser was removed from his volunteer position after reportedly posting a Facebook photo of two dead dogs, seemingly implying that he had killed them.
“Somebody didn’t put any truth my warning,” the caption read. “Keep your damn dogs on your property.”
On Wednesday, authorities received complaints after screenshots of the Union Valley, Texas, resident’s photo began to circulate on various social media sites. After learning about the photo, the Union Valley Fire Department suspended Conatser.
“We do not condone the recent actions of one of our firefighters,” the Union Valley Fire Department wrote in a statement. “We are following our policy in removing him from our department.”
Hunt County officials have not released many details regarding the incident, though the department noted that it’s still collecting information and evidence. The Royse City Animal Shelter and the SPCA of Texas are aiding in the investigation. According to constable Terry Jones, the criminal investigation is still open.
While Hunt County doesn’t require pet owners to keep their animals confined, a person has the right to use force against an animal who poses a threat to them. If no threat can be determined, however, a person can be charged with animal cruelty.
The department will present evidence to the county attorney who will determine if charges should be filed.