Horrifying injuries to donkey who was allegedly drug by owner

A shocking case of animal cruelty in Panola county today. Rescue workers treated a donkey that they say was dragged behind a vehicle by its owner. We want to warn you - some of the animal's injuries are very graphic.

KLTV 7's Bob Hallmark has more on how the owner is now facing charges.

The injuries to 2 year old Jenny had rescue workers shaking their heads.

"This is the worst thing you could see and it should have never happened," says Richard Fincher of Safe Haven. "The animal fell and they went ahead and drug it several hundred yards."

Earlier this week, all because she wouldn't lead, her owner allegedly tied her to the bumper of his truck and dragged the donkey.

"This is purposeful abuse. I can only imagine what was going through this little girl's mind when this was happening the terror and the pain that she was suffering," said Debbie Fincher, also of Safe Haven. "Just being with her for a few minutes she's a very good natured little animal and that's why everyone involved is wondering how could it come to this point how could somebody do this."

The incident was called into Panola County Sheriff's, and a vet confirmed that the injuries show the donkey was drug first to her knees, then stood up again and dragged until she fell and suffered road burns that tore flesh away.

"She has exposed wounds and exposed bone. She's got an infection in it, she's got a pretty big hole in her leg. its going to take time and a lot of medical care to take care of this little girl here."

The owner is now facing animal cruelty charges.

"She's gone through a horrific situation...now into some loving hands."

Little Jenny, as she is being called, will go through at least 3 weeks of treatment for her wounds. Anyone wishing to help with her rehabilitation is asked to call Safe Haven Equine Rescue.

Bob Hallmark, reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com