Convicted felon arrested after dogs shot in Rural Central Texas

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NAVARRO COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) The Navarro County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest, and a second one may be on the way, in an animal cruelty investigation.

Preston Conger. (Jail photo)

Preston Conger, 23, has been charged with animal cruelty and felon in possession of a firearm after authorities said two dogs were shot for no apparent reason, one fatally.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner says deputies received a complaint about someone shooting dogs in the area of SE County Road 4250 in the Rural Shade community.

The owner of the dogs was repairing a fence when two men drove up and shot a blue heeler, killing it.

Tanner said the shooting was unprovoked and the dog wasn’t doing anything wrong, it was on its owner’s property and even had a collar.

“There was no justification for that situation,” said Tanner.

The other dog that was shot survived, and is believed to belong to the same resident.

Witnesses provided a vehicle description and a license number to the responding deputy, Rick Jamison.

Using the information, Jamison was able to locate Conger within a few hours and determined there was probable cause to arrest him, Tanner said.

The case is still under investigation as the sheriff’s office is looking into making a second arrest.

“We’re working to see if we can garner enough evidence to make an additional arrest for some possible accomplice activity in this case,” said Tanner.

Conger is being held in the Navarro County Jail on a $20,000 bond for unlawful possession of a firearm by felon and a $15,000 bond for cruelty to non-livestock animals.