Lovelady man accused of shooting basset hound to death

Jesse Collier (Source: Houston County Jail)
Jesse Collier (Source: Houston County Jail)

HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Houston County Sheriff's Office have arrested a Lovelady man accused of shooting and killing a dog Thursday night.

Jesse Lynn Collier, 31, is charged with state-jail felony cruelty to animals and misdemeanor B disorderly conduct.

According to an arrest affidavit, deputies with the sheriff's office were dispatched to the 700 block of Nelms Street in Lovelady around 7:40 p.m. Thursday after a caller said Collier had shot a dog twice in front of a woman's home.

Deputies met with the caller, who said she was inside her home and looked out a window and saw Collier standing in the road. She said she walked over to see what he was doing and that he had a pistol in his hand. She said Collier then aimed it at a basset hound and fired two rounds at it and killed it.

The woman said she asked Collier "Did you just kill that dog?" and he said "Yes, it needed to die."

The woman said Collier then picked the dog up and dragged it across several yards to his home where he buried the dog.

Deputies then spoke to Collier, who confessed to shooting the dog, saying he did it because it defecated in his yard and also because the dog appeared to be sick due to its eyeball hanging out and being discolored. Collier also claimed the dog had a hurt leg, the affidavit stated.

The woman said she had seen the dog lying in the ditch relaxing every day, and it is not aggressive.

Deputies arrested Collier at the scene. He has posted a $4,000 bond.

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