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Texas sheriff's office looks for homes for donkeys

Published On: Jul 01 2013 08:41:13 AM CDT

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) -

An East Texas sheriff's office is trying to find homes for nine donkeys found abandoned throughout the county.
    
Bowie County sheriff's Lt. Stanley Cowley said state law requires the animals to auctioned, but no one bought them. The animals have now been in the custody of Bowie County for several months.
    
The animals are being kept at different locations while waiting for homes. There is no charge to adopt them.
    
Cowley said the animals were "about starved to death" when the county found them, but have been gaining weight and are recovering nicely.
    
Cowley said large animals like donkeys are abandoned in the county year-round. He says that so far in 2013, about fifty or sixty large animals, including a few horses, have been abandoned.