The SPCA of Texas took custody Wednesday of three abandoned donkeys found in a fenced-in area in Kaufman County last week.
The three donkeys were found behind a home, but did not have any food other than the grass they had been grazing on. Neighbors were providing water for the animals.
SPCA investigators found that the owners of the home didnât live there, though investigators tried several times to contact them.
The SPCA waited for the Kaufman County Sheriffâs Department to obtain a warrant so that the donkeys could be taken into the McKinneyÂ Perry Animal Care Center. On Wednesday, the department authorized the nonprofit organization to take custody of the donkeys until the custody hearing, scheduled for next week atÂ theÂ Kaufman County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Courthouse.
âIÂ appreciate Kaufman County officials and the neighbors who looked after these donkeys and alterted us to their needsâ, said Art MuÃ±oz, Senior Investigator for the SPCA , in a written statement. âThere is no excuse for abandoning animals, and the SPCA of Texas works hard to be a resource for people who may be struggling and in need of assistance.â
This case follows last yearâs trend of dozens of abandoned donkeys in North Texas. Experts said last yearâs drought and economic conditions strapped livestock owners who often buy donkeys to guard their cows and horses. Donkeys usually graze on grass available, but with most vegetation dry last year and increased hay prices, the animals became expensive guards.
When times times are tough and owners canât afford to take care of all their animals, donkeys are often the first to go.
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