Someone on Saturday used a high-powered rifle to kill a pet donkey on a local family’s farm and now the hunter is the one being hunted.
Raymond Garrett said Tuesday that he has hired a private investigator to track down the shooter, and he also is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the person’s identity and possible arrest.
“I’ve got two grandchildren — a 14-year-old grandson and a 10-year-old granddaughter,” Garrett said. “They fed him bread every day. That really upset them. And I’ve got two more donkeys and I don’t want them killed.”
Garrett’s daughter, Tonya Crowe, is a teacher at Apalachee High School. She said Tuesday that the donkey was killed in an area that family members use.
“He was killed in a part of our pasture that we are in a lot,” she said. “My kids play there. We feed the cattle there.”
Neighbors also go into that area interacting with the livestock.
Said Crowe: “All of our cattle and donkeys are friendly. Many of the cows eat out of our hands and several neighbors feed them also. Bonnie was the most cautious of the donkeys, but he was part of the herd. I’ve always felt safest at home, and now I do not feel safe.”