Two Parker County men were arrested last week after a Shetland pony was found “extremely malnourished, severely underweight and fighting an infected wound,” according to a news release from the Parker County Sheriff’s Department.The pony, now named Achilles, is being treated, and when it is stronger, it may be a candidate for surgery on the wound.Jesse Ray Cross, 45, and Franky Lynn Hatcher-Cross, 42, both of Springtown, were arrested June 15 and face charges of animal cruelty. They were released June 16 after posting $2,500 bail each.Cross is the pony’s owner, and Hatcher-Cross had been responsible for its care, the news release stated.They could not be reached to comment.Animal control officers received a call about the pony on June 13. In the 3000 block of East Texas 199 in Springtown, officers found Achilles in declining health with an infection on its genitals. The pony had no food, and its water had leaves, debris and insects in it, the officers reported.Achilles had overgrown hooves and appeared to be standing in pain, the officers reported.“This is a shameful crime which could have been completely prevented had Achilles been given the required minimal care and basic necessities,” Sheriff Larry Fowler said in the news release.
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