Three teenagers in Pennsylvania have been charged over the fatal shooting of a family’s pet donkey in its pasture.
The boys, two of whom are 15 and the other 16, are alleged to have shot the six-year-old donkey, named Eeyore, in Clinton Township, Lycoming County, on April 16.
Eeyore, who belonged to an Amish family, was shot six times, according to state police based in Montoursville.
It is alleged the youths used a .22 rifle in the incident, during which they also shot several deer and allegedly damaged mailboxes with a baseball bat.
Local media report that Eeyore was a Jerusalem miniature donkey who belonged to Amos Yoder’s family. The donkey was regularly ridden by the family’s children. He was popular among children who passed by his pasture on their way to school.
The teenagers were released into the custody of their parents. They are expected to face further charges over the shooting of the deer.