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Upshur County officials investigating animal cruelty after donkey found hanging from tree

From Staff Reports
July 2, 2012 at 6:41 a.m.


The Upshur County Sheriff's Department is investigating a cruelty to livestock case in Ore City after finding a donkey had been hung from a tree, Capt. Gary Robert said Monday.

The sheriff's department received a call this past Wednesday about cruelty to donkeys in the Ore City area, Roberts said. Deputy David Thompson talked with the owner and searched the property, Roberts said.

"He located a donkey on the back side of his property that was hanging from a tree," Roberts said. The donkey was dead when the deputy arrived; however, a local veterinarian was called to examine it.

An arrest has not been made because the case remains under investigation, but Roberts said it is believed the owner hung the donkey. Roberts could not disclose the suspect's name, pending the investigation. It is being investigated as a cruelty to livestock felony case.

There was another donkey and a goat on the property at the time, Roberts said. Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace W.V. Ray signed seizure paperwork and the sheriff's department now has the other donkey and the goat in its possession, Roberts said.

The department is waiting for a hearing to be scheduled to determine the outcome of the two remaining livestock, he said.

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