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Friday, Feb 10, 2012County: Travis
Charges: Felony Non-CTA
Alleged: Christopher James Thomas
The man accused of shoot a year-old Rottweiler and German shepherd mix to death last month is now facing a cruelty to animals charge. He also ready is charged with unlawfully discharging of a weapon.
The owner of the dog named Koa has several surveillance cameras installed outside of her house, and the shooting on Feb. 10 was captured on video. According to a police, the video showed that the dog appeared to be playing with the dog belonging to the suspect, Christopher James Thomas.
In the video, Koa got inside the chain link fence that surrounded the property of Thomas, 27. Koa was shot several times.
When interviewed, Thomas admitted he shot the dog with a 12-gauge shotgun. He said he did so because the dog was being aggressive to his girlfriend and 2-year-old baby in the backyard.
According to the officer who reviewed the surveillance camera, nobody was seen in Thomas's backyard in the 6700 block of Colony Park Cove until he steps out the back door and shoots the dog.
In addition, the video shows that Thomas fired in the direction of the residence right behind his house. According to the owner of Koa, that house is currently occupied.
In the interview, Thomas said he thought the house directly behind his was empty.
Thomas was charged earlier with the offense of deadly conduct, a third-degree felony. According to the affidavit, he was reckless as to whether the residence was occupied at the time. The added charge is a state jail felony.
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