Grant Parish residents care for abandoned donkeys - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Grant Parish residents care for abandoned donkeys

Posted: Updated:
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.  
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two arrested in scrap metal theft

    Two arrested in scrap metal theft

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:56 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:56:55 GMT
    DEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On August 20, 2014, Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office deputies from the Deville Substation responded to 100 block of Fred Redwine Road in Deville in reference to the theft of tractor parts and other heavy metal items.More >>
    DEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On August 20, 2014, Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office deputies from the Deville Substation responded to 100 block of Fred Redwine Road in Deville in reference to the theft of tractor parts and other heavy metal items.More >>
  • Ice Bucket Challenge made to Tioga Detectives

    Ice Bucket Challenge made to Tioga Detectives

    Friday, August 15 2014 5:38 PM EDT2014-08-15 21:38:12 GMT
    TIOGA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - In November of 2003, the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office lost one of its most devoted and hard working Detectives we have ever had. More >>
    TIOGA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - In November of 2003, the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office lost one of its most devoted and hard working Detectives we have ever had. More >>
  • RPSO arrests Alexandria man in firearm theft case

    RPSO arrests Alexandria man in firearm theft case

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:51 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:51:06 GMT
    (KALB News Channel 5) - On August 14, 2014, Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 3800 block of LA 121 in Boyce in reference to a burglary.More >>
    (KALB News Channel 5) - On August 14, 2014, Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 3800 block of LA 121 in Boyce in reference to a burglary.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KALB. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.