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The Texas Department of Transportation is scrapping its plan to help drivers along Highway 151 and Loop 1604 because of a tiny little spider. The agency says it has released the contractor for the project. Construction of an underpass stopped when crews found a rare Braken Bat Cave meshweaver spider. No one had seen the spider in more than 30 years. TXDOT now says it plans to redesign the entire project so that it won't affect the spider. While that happens, crews plan to remove the construction equipment in the area.
2 North Texas men charged with neglecting pony
June 18, 2013 02:54 GMT
SPRINGTOWN, Texas (AP) -- Two North Texas men are facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly neglecting a Shetland pony that was malnourished, suffering from an infected wound and living in squalid conditions.
The owner of the pony, Jesse Ray Cross, and the pony's caretaker, Franky Lynn Hatcher-Cross, are free on bond after being arrested Saturday on charges of cruelty to livestock animals.
The pony was found in Springtown, located about 60 miles northwest of Dallas. Investigators say the pony was severely underweight and had no food or clean water nearby.
Veterinarian staff treating the pony say they will have to wait for its infection to improve before they can operate.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler says he will care for the animal and pay for its treatment. He has renamed the pony Achilles.
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