A court hearing Tuesday determined the ownership of a Shetland pony that was severely injured by being dragged behind a pick-up truck and then beaten with a belt buckle by its owner in Liberty County.
A judge granted ownership of the pony to the Houston Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals where it will continue to recover from its injuries.
The pony's former owner, Francisco Castillo Cruz, is out on bond. Cruz is charged with cruelty to an animal.
Cruz will have to pay for all medical expenses related to the pony's recovery while being treated by the SPCA.