KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
June 25, 2020
By Natalie Cook Clark
Last December, authorities were horrified to find an 11-year old pit bull named Clarence, shot in the head and abandoned at a Katy park. Now six months after a long, joint investigation, the man responsible is behind bars.
Arrested on Felony Charges
Yesterday Timothy Holloway, 32, was arrested and charged with 3rd Degree Felony Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals. Holloway confessed his crime of extreme animal abuse to authorities. His arrest is the result of teamwork between Constable Wayne Thompson, Fort Bend County Constables Office Precinct 3 and the Harris County Cruelty Taskforce.
Result of Hard Work
“This is a testament to the hard work of our animal cruelty investigator and to the commitment of County Judge KP George and the Commissioner's Court for staffing this position,” says Constable Wayne Thompson. “Our office is proud to have the only county-wide cruelty investigator.”
Shot in the Head
Holloway shot Clarence in the head at his left eye and left him trapped in a small kennel at Katy’s Harlem Park last December. When authorities found Clarence, he was in critical condition and Dr. Brady Hanson with Neighborhood Vet Centers operated to save him. Clarence also had heartworms but was reported to be very mild mannered and social around other dogs.
Wag Again Rescue cared for and managed Clarence’s fostering once he recovered. He is thriving today but does suffer from sinus infections and other traumatic issues from his gunshot injury. Clarence is currently in training to be a therapy dog and is reportedly a good student.
A Happy Ending
"It means a lot to us," says Wag Again Rescue. "It shows that the system hasn't completely turned its back on animals. We can't thanks Constable Wayne Thompson and his dedicated staff enough for persevering and getting justice for Clarence."
Clarence remains in the foster system at Wag Again Rescue as he has yet to be medically cleared for adoption.
Animal cruelty is often associated with and/or leads to other violent crimes.
“People who do this to animals almost always have a connection to other crimes,” says Thompson. “We take such cases very seriously.”
Animal Cruelty Crackdown
The Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce was formed in April 2017 as a joint effort with Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap and a city-wide Anti-Animal Cruelty Partner Council. This collaboration made reporting animal cruelty easy for residents who didn’t always know who to call.
Local authorities have made great progress in cracking down on animal cruelty within the last year. Last March over 200 animals were saved from a Fort Bend County home in Katy.
To report animal cruelty call 832.927-PAWS or visit their website.
Read the original story about Clarence and this horrible crime.