Sand Springs resident wants to know why someone would shoot his donkey and take her foal

Thursday, November 1st 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

A Sand Springs man wants his donkey back, after one was stolen, and another shot and killed. News on Six Reporter Emory Bryan talked with the donkey's owner.

It’s just a short walk from the road to where Lloyd Caldwell keeps his donkeys. They're just pets - a hobby and a distraction. His little Mediterranean miniature named "Coco” is fully grown, yet only a few feet tall. "I know whenever people would see her out here, people would stop to pet her and want to know if I wanted to sell her."

Before last weekend, the only shots at the donkeys came from a camera. But over the weekend, someone shot his grown jenny. "Why they'd kill an animal like that, just pure meanness I guess." After Caldwell found his donkey dead, he began a search for her foal. He walked the property and checked the fences but he never found her. And after searching again and again, he's realized the foal was taken.

He's not sure why someone wanting to take such a small donkey would want to shoot the mother. "We found her back there in a ravine and she'd been shot” The rocky land had always been a quiet place to graze - but it has given up few clues to the shooting and apparent theft. "We checked the fence line, there's no holes in the fence."

A miniature jenny is worth several hundred dollars on the market, but these weren't for sale. Caldwell doesn't understand why someone wanting one donkey would kill another to get it - and presumes whoever did it was not only greedy, but also cruel.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's office is investigating the shooting, and the owner is offering a $500 reward for the return of his donkey.