Man Accused of Dragging Donkey Down Paved Road
4/26/2013 1:59:17 PM
68-year-old Richard Ricky Hudson of Frank Cline Road in Vale was arrested yesterday and charged with conveying animals in a cruel manner, a misdemeanor. He is accused of using his vehicle to drag a donkey less than half a mile down a rural paved road in northwestern Lincoln County.
Events leading to his arrest began as Deputies were dispatched to the area of the Ward Road and Plateau Road intersection around 6:30 p.m. Thursday (April 25) when neighbors noticed a man driving a van and pulling a donkey behind the vehicle. The donkey was tethered to the vehicle’s trailer hitch with a rope.
When Sgt. Terry Posey arrived on the scene, Hudson was walking and leading the animal northbound on Plateau Road. Scrape marks on the pavement indicated the animal could have been dragged more than three-tenths of a mile. The donkey’s legs and hindquarters were scraped and bleeding.
A witness cared for the animal as Hudson was taken into custody. Animal Services was contacted and placed the animal in a shelter. The donkey is expected to recover from its injuries.
Hudson was released on a $4,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.
(Pictured: Richard Ricky Hudson, courtesy of the Lincon Co. Sheriff's Office.)
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