Don’t Allow Pony Abuser to Own More Animals


Target: Liberty County, Texas Attorney Wesley Hinch

Goal: Ensure man who cruelly abused his pony is not allowed to own another animal for the rest of his life

Francisco Castillo Cruz from Texas was charged for allegedly dragging his five-year-old Shetland pony behind a pickup truck and beating it on numerous occasions. Although deputies were initially unsure whether or not to return the animal, Cruz has granted ownership to the SPCA.

According to police reports, Cruz was seen driving his pickup truck with the Shetland pony tied to the back end. Every time the pony stumbled or fell, Cruz would get out of the vehicle and beat it with his belt buckle. An eyewitness reported the incident to police, and the abused pony was eventually found at Cruz’ home, where police noticed that most of its hair and skin on the left side of its body had been torn due to being dragged through roads. It is also likely to lose vision in its left eye because of Cruz’ multiple beatings with a belt buckle. When questioned, Cruz told police that he was angry with the pony because it wandered off his property. The pony, which is now being held by the Houston SPCA, is receiving medical attention that Cruz is required to pay for.

Please sign this petition to ensure that Francisco Castillo Cruz will not have the right to own any animal in the future.


Dear Mr. Hinch,

Francisco Castillo Cruz is a classic case of an abuser who does not deserve to look after animals ever again. He obviously has no qualms about beating a defenseless pony repeatedly and in full view of witnesses. The poor pony was also mercilessly dragged behind his pickup truck and beaten so brutally that it has lost vision in its left eye. I would like to hope that he has learned his lesson after being punished for abusing his Shetland pony, but it is more than likely that if given the chance, Cruz will mistreat and torture another animal in his possession.

Many other abusers resume their acts of cruelty and you cannot allow this possibility. Abusers get away with a slap on the wrist all too often and it is the animals who have to suffer for our lack of action. I urge you to protect other animals from falling into the hands of Cruz. Ensure he is banned from owning any animals in the future.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Miles Wolstenholme via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    This cretin is only paying for medical care? Where’s the jail time? People who think that animals can somehow magically figure out why they’re being dragged behind a truck have the emotional age of a very young child and won’t understand any other kind of grown-up intervention.

  2. Ellis Toscano says:

    Does Texas not belong to the US? It is a federal crime to abuse an animal now. This guy needs to be made an example of. Get with the program Texas.

  3. Please do not give the poney back to that b…. PUNISH HIM HARSHLY !!!!!

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