Update: Man accused of hanging donkeys pleads guilty
POSTED: Friday, January 4, 2013 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 7, 2013 - 11:51am
Gilmer, TX — The Upshur County District Attorney's office tells KETK, Anthony George Bassler has plead guilty to cruelty to livestock, and faces 18 months in prison.
He has also waived his right to appeal.
In addition, he is required to pay $610 to the Gilmer Animal Clinic.
An Ore City man was indicted on a charge of cruelty to livestock animals after being accused in June of hanging a donkey by the neck from a tree, Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd said Thursday.
Anthony George Bassler, 35, remains in the Upshur County Jail on $50,000 bond.
He was arrested July 3 after being seen abusing a donkey in June, two days before hanging it in the woods behind his house on Janis Street in the Camp Joy community.
Upshur County Sheriff’s Lt. Freddie Fitzgerald testified in July that witnesses saw the donkey try to kick Bassler as he tied a rope around its middle.
“And he kneed the donkey in the stomach and head,” the investigator quoted the witnesses, who two days before the donkey died had seen the animal “tied up in a manner where its front hooves were not able to touch the ground.”