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March 26, 2013

Authorities trying to find good homes for abandoned donkeys

By CHRIS AGEE

According to Parker County authorities, 11 donkeys picked up earlier this year are in need of an adequate place to live.

Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler explained a resident reported the herd of animals walking along Hardy Road in Whitt and called law enforcement.

Since picking up the livestock about two months ago, Kessler said no one has come forward to claim them.

Each of the animals is a castrated male, she noted, and a Coggins test returned negative results for equine infectious anemia.

For those willing to adopt one or more of the animals, she said the Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter will waive adoption fees.

"We are only asking for $25 for each of the donkeys to cover the costs of the Coggins testing," Kessler said. "We just want to see them in permanent, adequate homes."

In addition to the donkeys, she reported the agency is seeking homes for other livestock animals, including two horses.

"There are currently no serious health issues with the horses," she said, though after experiencing obvious neglect, they need "proper nutrition and a lot of TLC."

The animals were taken from a Peaster residence about a week ago, she explained, and the shelter is offering the mare and 8-month-old colt for an adoption fee of $100 each.

Several Barbado sheep rescued from a Millsap residence earlier this month are also available, Kessler noted. The sheep are up for auction online at texasauctionrealty.com.

"Anyone interested in permanently adopting these animals can contact the shelter directly or come by to see them," she said. For more information, call the Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter at (817) 598-4111.

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