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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas A judge denied a lower bond request Monday for a Splendora man accused of dragging a donkey behind an SUV.

Pct. 4 Livestock Deputy Constable Dwayne Morrow said Marc Richard Saunders, 30, was charged with a felony charge of animal cruelty after the Oct. 25, 2012 incident. He s in the Montgomery County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Investigators said the 2-year-old donkey, named Susie Q, wandered onto a neighboring property Thursday afternoon and Saunders went with a friend to retrieve her for her owner.

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Instead of walking the donkey back, Saunders allegedly tied Susie Q to his trailer hitch and started driving. A friend rode in the back of the SUV and said at first the donkey could keep up, but Saunders started to speed up until the donkey refused to walk any further.

The friend said the donkey locked its legs as it was dragged for about a quarter-mile on Acorn Hill toward Pickering Road, exposing raw flesh and bone on its hooves. The entire time the suspect s friend said he pleaded for him to stop the vehicle.

Saunders eventually stopped and untied the donkey near its owner s home and sped away, Pct. 4 said.

The donkey was drug probably 50 to 70 feet, said Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth Rowdy Hayden.

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