Donkeys rescued after being abandoned on forest service land in Otero County

OTERO COUNTY, Colo. - More than a dozen abandoned donkeys were rescued in Otero County in Southern Colorado this week by the Colorado Humane Society, SPCA, Otero County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Forest Service

The donkeys were abandoned on national forest land by their owner, according to the Colorado Humane Society.

"The forest service and our agents wish to thank the Picket Wire Canyonlands permittees for their help in resolving the situation," said Katrina Schou, chief investigator for the Colorado Humane Society. "No matter the circumstance, there is no excuse for abandoning and neglecting these animals. Owners need to find alternative placement for these animals if they cannot be cared for any longer."

Officials said the owner of the donkeys will be charged with animal abandonment and multiple counts of trespassing on forest land.

The donkeys are being cared for at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center near Franktown.

For donkey-specific adoption information, please contact Kathy Dean, CEO of Longhopes Donkey Shelter, at (303) 644-5930.

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