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Grant Parish residents care for abandoned donkeys

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GRANT PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Law enforcement and residents of Grant Parish are upset about a herd of donkeys that was abandoned in the woods. 

Harry DeBusk first learned about the problem on a call from his son.  

"He said 'Dad, somebody's hit a donkey over here, and there's a whole herd of donkeys on the highway,'" DeBusk recalled. 
Grant Parish deputies tried to round up the loose donkeys out of the roadway, and that's when DeBusk offered to house them at his nearby farm, Our Father's Farm.  
"We didn't want anyone to get hurt on the highway, so basically that's the bottom line," DeBusk said. "I've got animals all the time, so it's no big deal for me."
Sheriff Steven McCain says, letting animals loose like this can be a dangerous crime. 
"We've tried and tried to find the rightful owner, and we haven't had any luck," said Sheriff McCain. "And they kept working their way closer and closer to our major highway, and that's the danger for us, and for the public is, a 1,000 pound animal getting in the middle of a highway when there's traffic going 50, 60 miles per hour."

DeBusk says once word got out, people came from as far away as Baton Rouge to take the donkeys to 'forever homes.'  
"You always feel happy that number one, you're getting rid of donkeys," DeBusk said, "and number two, it's the way God provides for every need in every situation."
DeBusk thanks those who took the donkeys, but has a different message for the person dumped the donkeys.  
"My thoughts were we need to catch that guy who released them onto the highway, and let him face the consequences of his act," said DeBusk. 

If you have any information on the crime, call GPSO. The suspect is looking at cruelty to animals charges and possibly jail time.  
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