Baby Donkey Attacked By Dogs, Neighbor Alleging Abuse

Baby Donkey Attacked By Dogs, Neighbor Alleging Abuse

By: Julia Deng
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A pack of eight "vicious" dogs have been terrorizing families and pets on W County Rd 53, according to Midland woman Christine Dunn.

She said the dogs - a "mixed group of Rottweiler, pit bull and Husky-type mutts" - belong to her neighbors and nearly mauled a baby donkey to death on Thursday night. Video footage shot by Dunn and her husband show the donkey limping across their neighbors' yard with flesh stripped from its front leg and gashes on its face in the aftermath of the attack.

"There's no meat left on [its leg]," said Dunn. "There's a tendon or something hanging off of it and [my neighbors] won't take it to the vet."

NewsWest 9 questioned Dunn's neighbors - the alleged owners of the dogs and injured donkey - but were told to leave their property. Samantha Conley later called NewsWest 9, claiming her son owns several dogs involved in the attack. He declined to comment, but Conley claimed the donkey did receive medical care on Thursday night.

"The donkey has been taken to the vet," she said. "I don't know exactly what happened... but [my son and daughter] weren't home at the time. The went back as soon as they got the call [about what had happened]."

Conley confirmed authorities responded to the scene but had no information about their investigation. She said the donkey is currently recovering at a separate location.

NewsWest 9 contacted the Midland County Sheriff's Office about the incident. Sheriff Gary Painter could not be reached for comment. According to Dunn, sheriff's deputies arrived Thursday night following the attack, but did not charge her neighbors with animal abuse or neglect.

"They were just told to take the donkey to the vet, which they still haven't done," she said Friday afternoon. "Something needs to be done. What if this was one of our kids and no one was here to help them? That child would be dead."