ETX man indicted in case of dead, hanged donkey

ETX man indicted in case of dead, hanged donkey

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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