Published April 5, 2012 by delia1979

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition's Blog

Rescue groups take in donkeys that are abused and caught in roundups on federal lands

Keith Gantt, Karla Gantt
Abandoned donkeys recovered by Keith Gantt and his wife Karla Gantt are seen in Athens, La. Prolonged drought in the southern plains coupled with the nation’s economic slump has taken a heavy toll on the humble donkey. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
Written by
Janet McConnaughey
Associated Press
Keith Gantt, Karla Gantt
Across east Texas and north Louisiana, farmers whose grazing land has dried up have sold off herds of cattle, putting livestock-tending donkeys out of work and making it too expensive to keep those bought as pets or for other reasons. In the north Louisiana town of Athens, Keith Gantt, who rounds up loose livestock for the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office, has hundreds of donkeys he can’t give away. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

 With pastures withered from a lingering drought, farmers in Texas and northwest Louisiana have abandoned…

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