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Authorities investigating executed donkey

POSTED: February 19, 2014 1:00 p.m.

A normal weekend at a Barrow County farm turned into tragedy after a donkey was purposely shot to death.

Raymond Garrett and his family found their pet Bonnie dead Sunday and are seeking help in finding out who killed the animal. The donkey had been with the family for seven years and his fellow donkey buddies, Clyde and Rufus, were protectors of the farm that has close to 50 cows and calves.

"I wish I knew what kind of son-of-a-gun would do that," Garrett said.

Garrett’s daughter and a few other people said they heard one to two gunshots Saturday, but didn’t think about them again until the following day when they went to do their normal check-in on the animals.

"When we turned (Bonnie) over, we saw the big bullet hole right where his neck joins his chest so it looked like a deliberate shot," Garrett said. "A deputy came out and looked at it said ‘I agree that it looks like where he was hit was an intentional shot.’"

While Garrett was burying Bonnie, Clyde kept hee-hawing as if he was trying to wake Bonnie up.

"I got two grandkids ages 14 and 10 and they were really upset," Garrett said.

Garrett is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person involved. The family’s also hired a private investigator and Sheriff Jud Smith said the person who did it would likely be charged with felony animal cruelty.

Smith agrees the donkey was most likely killed on purpose since the donkey was shot in a vital area consistent to where a hunter would kill an animal like a deer. He said they believe someone used a high powered rifle and shot the deer from more than 100 yards away.

"It would be a one in a 100,000 or a one in 500,000 chance that it was accidental," Smith said.

This type of situation is uncommon, said Smith. Often cases of killing animals involve dogs or cats that have been poisoned after getting out of their yard.

"I can’t recall us working a case where an animal of that size has been killed on someone’s property," he said.



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