CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A Lovelady man agreed to a plea bargain deal of 5 years of deferred adjudication for shooting and killing a basset hound on April 27 earlier this month.
Jesse Lynn Collier, 31, appeared in a Houston County district courtroom for a plea hearing on Dec. 12. As part of the plea bargain deal, he will be required to adhere to terms and conditions similar to those that a person on probation would have to obey.
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 was released from the jail after he posted a $4,000 bail amount.