Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said he is disgusted at the extreme poor condition the Shetland was discovered in and that two men who were responsible for its care were obviously neglecting the pony.
Fowler vowed to care for the animal and pay for its treatment, renaming the Shetland “Achilles.”
“We prayerfully hope Achilles will conquer his odds can be brought back to perfect health so he can undergo the surgery he so desperately needs,” Fowler said. “This is a shameful crime which could have been completely prevented had Achilles been given the required minimal care and basic necessities. We can not stress enough the importance of providing fresh water with adequate food and shelter for all animals. This case is a shame.”