Deputies: Man who claimed dog was fatally shot by ATV rider now charged

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Shane Hilliard

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas - You may remember the story we told you about last month in which a man claimed he was walking his dog on New Year's Eve when two people on ATVs shot and killed his dog.

Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers evened offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of the men. According to the owner of a 4-year-old Labrador retriever, the driver of a red ATV pulled out a silver gun and shot the dog. That owner said initially his dog was just wounded and was whining, until the suspect shot the dog another time.

The man said the ATV drivers sped away and said his dog died on the way home. He said he and his wife had the dog cremated.

But deputies now say the man's story was fabricated. During a thorough investigation, detectives say they found evidence that did not support his story and determined he had given them several untruthful statements and that he himself shot the dog.

Shane Hilliard is charged with animal cruelty and filing a false report to an officer.

Hilliard, 43, turned himself in at the Fort Bend County Jail Tuesday evening, deputies say. He posted a total bond of $4,000 Wednesday morning.

The cruelty charge is a state jail felony with a punishment of 180 days to two years and a possible fine not to exceed $10,000, while the false report charge carries a fine not to exceed $2,000 and/or 180 days or less in jail.

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