Ft. Bend County man who claimed ATV riders shot dog now facing charges

Shane Hilliard, 43, is charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals and filing a false report.

February 12, 2014 5:01:24 PM PST
A man who claimed someone on an ATV fatally shot his dog on New Year's Eve in Richmond is now facing charges. Police believe he made up the story and actually shot the dog himself.

Shane Hilliard, 43, is charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals and filing a false report. When we originally aired his story, he said that he was walking his dog near a retention poind in the 19200 block of Beechnut near the Grand Mission subdivision when two people on ATVs approached. One rider opened fire, he said, hitting the dog. Hilliard said the dog died on the way home.

During an investigation, detectives say they found evidence that Hilliard's story didn't add up and that he had given them several false statements. They also believe that Hilliard shot the dog himself.

Hilliard turned himself in Tuesday. He has bonds totaling $4,000 on the charges.

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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