Texan Charged in Donkey Death

A Texas man is facing an animal cruelty charge in connection with the death of a donkey discovered hanging by its neck from a tree.

Upsure County Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Freddie Fitzgerald said that on June 27, law enforcement personnel responded to an animal welfare report at a property in Camp Joy, Texas. At the scene deputies discovered a malnourished donkey and a goat. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered another donkey hanging from a tree on an adjacent property.

"The donkey had a chair around its neck," Fitzgerald said. "A chain hoist was used to lift the animal onto the tree."

Law enforcement authorities later arrested the animals' owner, Anthony Brassler, and charged him with one count of felony animal cruelty. Brassler remains incarcerated in lieu of $50,000 bond.

The surviving donkey and goat were placed with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of East Texas for rehabilitative care.

A court date for the case remains pending, Fitzgerald said.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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