March 27, 2014

Weatherford man jailed after Shetland pony euthanized

Parker County officials said the pony was tangled in rope, dehydrated and with internal injuries and lacerations. Its owner faces an animal cruelty charge.

A 34-year-old Weatherford man was in the Parker County Jail Thursday night facing a charge of cruelty to livestock after a Shetland pony was found on his property, lying on its back and tangled in a 20-foot rope, the Parker County Sheriff’s Department reported.

A veterinarian euthanized the pony because of its extensive injuries, a news release said.

The pony was on property in the 4000 block of Marlboro Country in southern Parker County.

When the horse was untangled, it could not stand, said Karen Kessler, the sheriff’s animal control supervisor. It was in “an obvious state of stress and shock, had a hind leg injury” and was dehydrated, Kessler said.

The horse’s face had been pinned between its front legs, and it had rope burns.

“The horse dug a 3-foot-wide hole while struggling to free himself,” she said.

“This horse suffered needlessly at the hands of suspect who had a blatant lack of respect for a living creature,” said Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler late Wednesday. “The suspect did not provide even the basic needs of an adequate pen, water and food.”

The horse’s owner, identified as Ivan Garcia, was interviewed by detectives on Wednesday and arrested, the news release said.

Garcia faces a charge of cruelty to livestock. He also was being held on three arrest warrant from Hudson Oaks — failure to maintain financial responsibility, failure to appear and no driver’s license. In addition, U.S. immigration officials placed a hold on him.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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