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Texas judge awards custody of Liberty County dragged pony to Houston SPCA

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A five-year-old black and white Shetland pony dragged behind his owner's pickup truck along County Road 6021 last week is now in the custody of the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, after Judge Barry Graves determined the animal was cruelly treated, reported the Facebook page of the Houston SPCA late Tuesday evening.

On May 8, a witness reported a man dragging the defenseless pony behind a pickup truck; whenever the pony tripped and fell, the man exited his truck and beat the pony in the face and head with a belt and buckle. The pony's owner then got back into the truck and dragged the pony again.

When authorities arrived at the home of Francisco Castillo Cruz, 68, the pony's owner, Cruz told authorities he was angry at the pony for escaping from his stall and wandering off the property.

Cruz has been charged with felony animal cruelty to livestock.

According to the BeaumontEnterprise.com, Judge Graves ordered Cruz to pay the medical expenses of the pony while in the care of the Houston SPCA.

The pony suffers from open wounds on his left side, hoof damage, and an injured eye.

Cruz awaits his court hearing.

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