Texas firefighter Tim Conatser is a firefighter no longer after “putting truth” to his warning to kill two dogs that had trespassed on his property.
While this sort of thing isn’t uncommon, it seldom gets posted to Facebook, but Conatser was so proud of the executions that he had to tell the world.
Pet lover Kimberly Jones brought this to the web’s attention with the hopes that it would go viral. In that regard, she succeeded.
Jones reposted a screenshot of the Facebook feed of Tim Conatser, complete with the graphic photo of the two dead dogs.
“This monster is a UNION VALLEY FIREMAN in ROYSE CITY TX… He kills innocent dogs… MAKE THIS GO VIRAL, [sic]” said Johnson in the repost on her own feed.
Once the picture started circulating, the fire department where Conatser works, or worked rather, released a statement, reproduced here by KNUE.
“As previously stated, we do not condone the recent actions of one of our firefighters. We are following our policy in removing him from our department. This is now a civil/criminal matter that we have no jurisdiction over. Please forward all concerns to local law enforcement and/or the SPCA.”
While the owners of the dog have yet to come forward, the site notes, Jones has received a surprising amount of pushback from people who believe that Conatser had every right to kill the animals even though they were not on his property at the time.
Jones claims that she has received a slew of “belligerent messages.” One such message came from a woman named Jess Harris, who believes that people “should be responsible enough for the dogs to keep them off other people’s property especially after being warned.”
Jess added that the fireman “had every right to protect his home and property from dogs,” unaware that Conatser had tracked the animals and killed them off-site.
“Dogs can attack children and livestock, and he was within his rights,” Harris said.
Fox 4 News later picked up the story and confirmed the above details. In the Fox report, the dog owners spoke but were not named and said that Conatser never gave them any warning that he would kill their pets.
This isn’t the first time a Texas-based firefighter has done something controversial in 2015. Earlier this month, one volunteer fireman in the Houston area encouraged his cohorts to “let it burn” when a Muslim center caught on fire.
In the case of Tim Conatser, do you think the ex-fireman should face criminal charges? Sound off in the comments section.