COURT HEARING ON “CRUELTY TO ANIMAL” CASE
May 13, 2014
The court hearing to determine ownership of the Shetland Pony that was severely injured by being dragged behind a pick-up truck and then beaten with a belt buckle by his owner, Francisco Castillo Cruz, this past week was heard today in Pct. 4 Justice Of The Peace Judge Barry Graves court in Liberty County. The owner, who has been charged with Cruelty to an Animal and is presently out on bail, voluntarily relinquished ownership of the Shetland Pony to the Houston SPCA who will continue the medical attention needed to help the little Pony recover from his injuries. Cruz also waived all rights to an appeal which cleared the way for Judge Graves to grant ownership to the SPCA and to require Cruz to pay for all medical expenses relating to the Pony’s recovery while being treated by the SPCA.
At present, Francisco Cruz is awaiting trial on the felony charge of Cruelty To An Animal.
Judge Graves said this is the fourth case of cruelty to an animal that he has had in his court in recent months with the victims ranging from horses to dogs, cats and other smaller animals. Judge Graves stressed that some owners should exercise more responsibility, compassion and care for their animals and for citizens to be ever vigilant for such cases of abuse and to report these situations when they are observed.
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