Dog's owner charged with shooting pet twice in the head

Clarence seems content now, but his owner is accused of shooting him twice in the head seven months ago and leaving him to die. He has been indicted on one count of felony animal cruelty.

A Fort Bend County man accused of shooting his dog in the head twice six months ago and leaving him in a community park to die has been arrested and charged, authorities reported Friday.

Tim Holloway, 33, who lives in unincorporated Fort Bend County, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of the third-degree felony offense of animal cruelty to a non-livestock animal. He was cooperative with investigators, authorities said.

County officials announced Holloway’s arrest during a news conference on Friday at the county courthouse.

Holloway’s pet, named Clarence, survived his gunshot wounds.

Precinct 3 Constable Wayne Thompson, whose precinct the crime took place, said Holloway confessed to the crime after he was arrested.

Thompson said a passerby noticed Clarence in a cage at Harlem Road park on Dec. 21, 2019, and alerted authorities.

The Fort Bend County Animal Services was contacted, and its director, Rene Vasquez contacted the county’s animal cruelty officer, based in Precinct 3.

The animal cruelty officer and other officers spent the next six months tracking down the perpetrator, Thompson added.

Vasquez said well-meaning citizens countywide pitched in to pay for Clarence’s treatment at a local veterinarian’s office.

Clarence lost an eye in the shooting and continues to suffer from his injuries, Vasquez said.

County Judge KP George said he hopes the arrest will send a message to others who would abuse or harm animals that they will be tracked down, arrested and charged.

George applauded the work of the county’s animal cruelty task force for solving the crime and bringing justice to Clarence and other defenseless animals. “(These people) are by their nature a danger to society,” George said.

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