A police Horseshoe Bay Police Officer shot and killed a dog early Saturday after the officer approached the dog owner’s home to cite him for having a fire during a burn ban, the owner said.
Police Chief Bill Lane did not return phone or email messages from the newspaper Sunday.
Joseph Nickes said he was sitting outside his home at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday with his dog, Presley, when he noticed the officer’s squad car slowly driving up and down his street.
The officer parked his car and entered the courtyard area unannounced, Nickes said.
“And then he says ‘Get your dog. Get your dog.’ Boom. And he shoots (Presley) on the top of the head,” Nickes said.
His sister and friend were nearby and both came to the scene after hearing the gunshot, Nickes said. The 34-year-old construction worker took his story to his Facebook page, posting a photo of his dog after being shot, and alerted local news outlets.
“(The officer) said he was coming to tell us to put out this fire we had. … That’s what he cited me for,” Nickes said.