Arrest after pony allegedly dragged on Texas road

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The dragged pony has wounds to his left side and may lose an eye. He is now in the care of the Houston SPCA.
The dragged pony has wounds to his left side and may lose an eye. He is now in the care of the Houston SPCA.

A 68-year-old man alleged to have dragged a Shetland pony along the road behind his pickup in Texas faces an animal cruelty charge.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call around 10.15am on Wednesday over the incident that led to the arrest of Francisco Castillo Cruz.

The member of the public said he saw a man dragging a small black-and-white Shetland pony behind his red pickup truck.

The witness reported that each time the pony stumbled and fell on the road surface, the owner would get out and beat the animal across the head with a belt and buckle. He would then get back in his truck and drag the horse again, the witness reported.

Deputies Gorden Bean and Robert Dunn, along with Sergeant James Sprayberry, drove to the scene and found Cruz, said to be the owner of the five-year-old male pony, at his home just outside Dayton, Texas.

Francisco Castillo Cruz
Francisco Castillo Cruz
Bean asked to see the horse and found that nearly all the hair and skin on the pony’s left side had been dragged off by the rough road surface.

There was also physical damage to the pony’s hooves and its left eye had severe damage from evidently being struck with the buckle of the belt.

Bean said there was a possibility the pony may lose the left eye due to the injury.

The only reason Cruz gave deputies for abusing the little Shetland pony was the fact that he was “mad” because the horse managed to get out of his stall and wander off his property.

A seizure warrant was obtained from Justice of the Peace Berry Graves by Sergeant Sprayberry and the pony was turned over to a Houston SPCA unit to be taken to their facility for veterinary care.

Although the pony has severe injuries, Bean said he felt he would survive with proper treatment.

Cruz was arrested and charged with cruelty to a livestock animal, a state jail felony. He was placed in the Liberty County jail pending a bond hearing.

Bean said a hearing would be held on Tuesday to determine if the pony should be returned to Cruz or if he will remain in the custody of the Houston SPCA.

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7 thoughts on “Arrest after pony allegedly dragged on Texas road

  • May 12, 2014 at 4:26 am
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    heng bastarden!!

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    • October 20, 2018 at 4:55 pm
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      Have truck will travel to drag this guy behind it no prob, when this bastard is released hopefully authorities keep checking up on him so he doesn’t get any more animals!!! Ni fear i Cruz is mna e!!!

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  • May 15, 2014 at 3:31 pm
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    Seriously? Of course he cant have it back. Take all his other pets too. Should not be allowed animals,nor humans!!! What a creep

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  • July 25, 2018 at 12:29 pm
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    I’m appalled at the cruelty and deeply saddened at how hurt the pony was and mustve been extremely scared and tired. Our laws need to change to enforce the cruelty on the person doing something like this. Although a citizen reported this tragedy, my question is why didn’t anyone stop him on the road??!!? The pony could’ve been saved sooner had a citizen gotten involved a lot sooner. I’m pleased he was adopted. So many people have animals that shouldn’t have animals.

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  • November 10, 2018 at 6:13 pm
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    Somebody needs to drag that guy behind his truck, I hope some big tough guys out there take this matter in their own hands for that helpless, defenseless little pony and give that guy what he has coming to him. That bastard, needs to pay. That pony is damaged for life. I just saw this on Houston ASPC show on Animal Planet. The pony looked so sad.

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  • February 9, 2022 at 11:17 pm
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    I just watched this episode on quest red (UK) it was so heart breaking. I wanted to find out what happened to the sick old man who dragged the sweet little pony down a road and beat him with his belt buckle every time the poor little guy fell over. At the end of the show you get to see him in his new home with his new best friend, and he looked so happy He should never had to go through that, but atleast he got the happy ending he deserved!! I sat and cried infront of my TV while watching it! I really hope something just as painful and traumatic happens to the old sick C**T (I hate that word but defo describes him the best)

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  • March 13, 2022 at 6:15 pm
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    A guy like that should be locked up for life. If he could do something that repulsive to a creature that adorable, imagine what he’d do to a human being; which tend to be less adorable and could potentially escalate a rage episode.
    That sort of entitlement is terrifying.

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