Pony’s Neglect, Abuse Leads To Arrests In Parker County

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“This little guy needs all our prayers to get him through his ongoing ordeal. There is no excuse for any animals to suffer or starve, when all one has to do is pick up the bloody telephone & ask a sanctuary or welfare agency for help. I hope the bastards that left this Shetland, without food, water & a serious  infection (which might just kill him) are made to pay dearly; for their heartless neglect!!”

PARKER COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Parker County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is investigating an animal cruelty case of a Shetland pony found in the 3000 block of East Highway 199 in Springtown.

Animal Control officers found this Shetland pony, which they have renamed Achilles, suffering in a declining health state. He was extremely malnourished and severely underweight. (credit: Parker County Sheriff’s Office)

When animal control officers found the pony, which they have renamed Achilles, he was extremely malnourished and severely underweight to the point his rib and hip bones were visibly protruding. The Shetland was also suffering from a large, open, infected wound on his genitals with a rancid smell apparently coming from the infection.

Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers reported there wasn’t any hay or food near Achilles and the only water supply was dirty containing leaves, debris and insects along with mosquitoes and larvae swarming the water.

Officers reported Achilles was standing still in a manner reflecting a high level of pain when he attempted to walk. His hooves were overgrown and split from obvious neglect. Animal control officers also reported when they gave Achilles fresh water, he drank it very fast due to obvious dehydration.

The owner of the pony wasn’t on the premises. Animal control officers immediately seized the Achilles and took him to a local veterinarian for treatment. The owner of the pony, identified as Jesse Ray Cross, 45; and the pony’s caretaker, identified as Franky Lynn Hatcher-Cross, 42, were both arrested Saturday on warrants for cruelty to livestock animals. Both men posted bond of $2,500 each on Sunday.

Veterinarian staff reported the Shetland’s wound was feared to be inoperable due to current extent of the injury and he may not survive the surgery under his current health state. If the pony responds to treatment veterinarian staff said he may be a candidate for surgery.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said he is disgusted at the extreme poor condition the Achilles was discovered in and that two men who were responsible for his care were obviously neglecting the pony.

Sheriff Fowler vowed to care for the pony and pay for his treatment.

“We prayerfully hope Achilles will conquer his odds can be brought back to perfect health so he can undergo the surgery he so desperately needs,” Fowler said. “This is a shameful crime which could have been completely prevented had Achilles been given the required minimal care and basic necessities. We can not stress enough the importance of providing fresh water with adequate food and shelter for all animals. This case is a shame.”

News Link:-http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/06/17/ponys-neglect-abuse-leads-to-arrests-in-parker-county/

Father And Son Jailed In Dog Cruelty Case

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TROY — Officers, responding to a domestic disturbance late Wednesday, found a dog so emaciated its hip bones were protruding through its skin, police said.

The dog had to be euthanized and a father and son who live at 16 Park Ave. faced multiple charges Thursday morning in City Court, Capt. John Cooney said. “Lets hope those charges mean that poor dog didn’t suffer & die for nothing…these people need a good slap & learn that animal abuse is a crime & won’t be tolerated…nice looking pair aren’t they…not faces you will forget in a hurry I hope??”

John Ferrara Jr., 26, was arrested Thursday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Troy after police accused him of animal cruelty and resisting arrest. (Troy police)

According to police reports, when patrol-men answered a report of a disturbance at the home at 11:50 p.m., they saw a German shepherd dog lying in the middle of the living room floor and unable to walk. Sam Gallo at the Capital District Animal Emergency Clinic said the animal was emaciated, anaemic  had penetrating ulcers on its body, and that both of the animal’s rear hip bones were penetrating its skin and visible.

Police said that as officers investigated they discovered John Ferrara Jr., 26, and John Ferrara Sr., 59, who live at the home, were intoxicated. They became uncooperative when officers asked to search the residence to determine if there were other neglected animals or people in harm’s way, police said.

John Ferrara Sr., 59, was arrested Thursday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Troy after police accused him of animal cruelty and resisting arrest. (Troy police)

The two suspects then resisted arrest and wrestled with officers, police said. They were both charged with resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration and cruelty to animals. Ferrara Sr. faces an additional charge of harassment, police said.

Both were arraigned Thursday in City Court. John Ferrara Sr. was sent to the Rensselaer County Jail on $5,000 bail and his son on $2,500 bail.

Ferrara Jr. was treated at Samaritan Hospital for injuries he received during the struggle with police.

News Linkhttp://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Father-son-jailed-in-dog-cruelty-case-4164205.php#ixzz2H3chu4nh

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