Guilty plea in hanged donkey case - Toledo News Now, News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

BREAKING NEWS

Guilty plea in hanged donkey case

UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

An East Texas man will spend 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to a cruelty to livestock animal charge.

Back in July, police found a dead donkey hanging from a tree behind the land of Anthony Bassler, 35, of Ore City. 

Officials with the Upshur County Sheriff's Office say it appeared Bassler tortured the animals.

A malnourished goat and donkey were seized from the property. When Upshur County Deputies arrived to take the animals and serve the search warrant, the disturbing scene was found: A second donkey, dead, hanging from a tree behind the home.

Bassler told police he used the donkey as panther bait, but neighbors have not seen a panther.

Authorities said the evidence did not line up with his story. Bassler was also arrested in 2009 for cruelty to animals.

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All right reserved.
  • Headlines from Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton & Monroe CountiesNewsMore>>

  • Ohio unemployment rate rises to 5.1 percent, above US rate

    Ohio unemployment rate rises to 5.1 percent, above US rate

    Friday, March 24 2017 9:34 PM EDT2017-03-25 01:34:33 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    State officials are expected to update Ohio's unemployment rate and other jobs data.

    More >>

    State officials say Ohio's unemployment rate rose to 5.1 percent in February, slightly higher than the 5 percent reported for January and for February 2016.

    More >>
  • Ohio's senators, reps react to withdrawal of GOP's healthcare bill

    Ohio's senators, reps react to withdrawal of GOP's healthcare bill

    Friday, March 24 2017 8:53 PM EDT2017-03-25 00:53:43 GMT
    (Source: AP Images)(Source: AP Images)

    The American Health Care Act and had strong support from President Trump as repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) was a major part of his presidential campaign.

    More >>

    The American Health Care Act and had strong support from President Trump as repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) was a major part of his presidential campaign.

    More >>
  • First Alert Forecast: Breeze will blow in cooler air on Saturday

    First Alert Forecast: Breeze will blow in cooler air on Saturday

    This will drop temperatures and also make haze and fog possible Saturday afternoon, Saturday night and Sunday morning.

    More >>

    This will drop temperatures and also make haze and fog possible Saturday afternoon, Saturday night and Sunday morning.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly