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Abused pony euthanized after health declines

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PARKER COUNTY, Texas -

A Shetland pony that was found with protruding bones and open, infected wounds did not respond to medicine and had to be euthanized over the weekend.

The Parker County Sheriff's Office said animal control officers seized Achilles from a Springfield property on June 13.

He had no food, hay or fresh water and was extremely malnourished. He was underweight to the point that its ribs and hip bones were sticking out.

The pony also had an infected wound on his genitals that officers said smelled rancid.  He appeared to be in pain when he walked because of overgrown hooves, the sheriff's office said.

Veterinarians had hoped to save Achilles with medicine and surgery, but made the decision to euthanize him after getting some disappointing test results back on Friday.

His owner, 45-year-old Jesse Ray Cross, and caretaker, 42-year-old Franky Lynn Hatcher, were charged with cruelty to livestock animals.

Both are now free on $2,500 bond.

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