Deputies said a witness called 911 that morning to report that he saw the horse’s owner, later identified as Francisco Cruz, dragging the small black-and-white Shetland pony behind a red pickup. The caller told dispatchers that each time the pony stumbled and fell, Cruz would exit the vehicle and beat the animal on the head with a belt and buckle. He would then return to the driver’s seat and drive on, still dragging the pony behind him.
When police caught up with the douche, Cruz claimed he was mad because the pony had found a way out of the stall and off the property.
Cruz has been charged with cruelty to livestock. Dick.
A hearing has been set for May 13 to determine if the pony should be returned to Cruz or remain in the custody of the Houston Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals. Why that is even in question is beyond me….
The 5-year-old pony is expected to survive the injuries — road rash, missing hair and skin, damaged hooves and a swollen eye. And while the picture of the horse’s injuries isn’t extremely grotesque, it is hard to look at. You can see that here if you choose.Tags: cruelty to livestock, Francisco Cruz, Liberty County, Texas