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ETX man indicted in case of dead, hanged donkey

Anthony Bassler. (Source: Upshur County Jail) Anthony Bassler. (Source: Upshur County Jail)

An East Texas man was indicted on Thursday on animal cruelty charges, after deputies made a very unusual discovery on his property.

Anthony Bassler, 35, of Ore City, was indicted by an Upshur County Grand Jury. 

Back in July, police found a dead donkey hanging from a tree along with two other malnourished animals. 

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 say the evidence just does not line up with his story. 

Bassler was also arrested in 2009 for cruelty to animals.

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