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Caddo to give away free donkeys; auction off abandoned horses

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Caddo Parish Sgt. Doyle Smith has temporarily adopted someone else's pets. He has been caring for six donkeys and four horses at land in North Caddo Parish. The animals were rescued by the sheriff's office after they were abandoned on the side of a highway. Since then, Smith has spent the past two and a half months trying to find good homes for the animals but with no success.

"We tried selling them but didn't have any luck," said Smith. "Normally we can sell the donkey's too but not this time."

Instead of taking drastic measures to get rid of the six donkeys Smith said the office has decided to give them away. The sheriff's office will also try to auction off the four horses on Tuesday, January 24, to save costs.

"We have almost $2,000 tied up in these horses and donkeys," said Smith.

Smith also said the biggest reason for the increase in the homeless pets has been the pressure for the owners to provide for such costly animals when money has been tight.

"People can not afford to buy feed, especially hay. We don't have the hay in the area for sale because we had a bad summer for hay."

If anyone is interested in one of the six free donkeys the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office has claimed contact Sgt. Doyle Smith at (318) 681-1120. The four horses will be auctioned off Tuesday, January 24 at the sheriff's substation at 4910 North Market from 8 a.m. to noon.

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