The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) is assisting the Otero County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Forest Service to gather approximately 20 donkeys that were abandoned on forest land by their owner. With the help of several agencies, the donkeys were gathered and CHS transported them to the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center™ near Franktown, Colo., where they will receive the care and shelter they need.
“First and foremost, 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.”
The donkey’s owner will be charged with animal abandonment and multiple counts of trespassing on forest land. For more information on this case, please contact Otero County Sheriff Chris Johnson at (719) 384-5941.
“As more and more donkeys are abandoned or neglected, an added burden is placed on shelters and rescues across Colorado,” said Duane Adams, director of the Colorado Humane Society. “Now, more than ever, we are encouraging people who can afford the cost of care to look at adopting donkeys.”
For donkey-specific adoption information or for general information about the current state of donkeys in Colorado, please contact Kathy Dean, CEO of Longhopes Donkey Shelter, at (303) 644-5930.
For more information about the Colorado Humane Society, please contact Amie Cavarra at (303) 358-5452, or Chris Gallegos at (303) 419-1162.
ABOUT THE COLORADO HUMANE SOCIETY & SPCA
The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA is an independent, Colorado-based nonprofit organization. We operate entirely on donations and are not affiliated with any national advocacy group or government agency, such as the Humane Society of the United States or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. We work with local law enforcement and government agencies to investigate and prevent the cruelty and neglect of companion animals and horses–NOT livestock–in numerous Colorado counties and to educate the public about humane animal care. For more information, to donate or to report animal cruelty or neglect, contact the Colorado Humane Society & SPCA at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 249-5121.