PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rise In Stray Donkeys Makes Extra Work For Dallas Police

(AP)

In Texas, a record drought is reverberating beyond farms and tourism– it’s rippling through to the police.

In response to high hay prices, people are letting their donkeys loose because they can’t afford to feed them. And in Dallas, the police are being taken off their regular duties to catch and corral stray donkeys, because the county sheriff is responsible for securing loose livestock.

Patrick Bonner, senior sergeant at the Dallas Country Sheriff’s Department said it’s causing a strain on his office’s budget.

“It’s costing approximately $8 a day per donkey to feed…Also, we do have to.. pull deputies off the street to…go pick up livestock,” he told Here & Now‘s Robin Young.

Inmates from the Department of Corrections come by on a regularly basis to help care for the donkeys, and a donkey rescue group called Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue recently took 20 donkeys off the hands of the Dallas police, leaving 10.

Bonner says he hopes that people will think twice before buying a donkey next time.

“We’re hoping that people will really just take the time and figure out can I afford this animal before I purchase them and bring them home,” Bonner said.

“When they’re turning them loose like that they’re turning that back on the taxpayers.”

Guest:


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

May 26 5 Comments

As Lethal Heroin Overdose Numbers Rise, Families Find Solace In Organ Donation

Organ banks around the country have noted an increasing number of organs from donors who have died of overdoses.

May 26 3 Comments

NEADS Assistance Dog Bailey Graduates From Service Dog Training

NEADS provides dogs like Bailey, a yellow Labrador, for deaf and disabled Americans.

May 25 Comment

Celebrating The Class Of 2016: Peace Odiase

Odiase is one of two valedictorians at Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee.

May 25 8 Comments

NEADS Service Dog Meets His Match

Here & Now has been tracking service dog Bailey, who recently met his new owner, since last year.