Thieves steal baby donkeys from Saline County farmer


A Saline County farmer is missing two baby donkeys from his herd after thieves broke through a fence and picked them up earlier this week.

James Brown and one of his tenant farmers made the discovery on Tuesday.

“This is the first time someone has invaded my privacy, invaded my property, to do a heinous act like this,” Brown said.

Brown has kept donkeys on his farm for over 20 years. He enjoys them for their full range of human-like emotions. He typically welcomes people to get up close and personal with the herd and even pet them through the fence, but thieves took it too far.

He reports the weeks-old set of donkeys were not yet weaned from their mother. 

“I just don’t know what’s going to happen to them,” Brown said.

Another donkey was found stuck in the fencing after the thieves hit. That donkey grew increasingly distressed until it later died.

Brown thinks thieves could have thought the young jack and jenny were miniature donkeys due to their size.

If you have any information about the two small brown donkeys, please call the Saline County Sheriff’s Office at 785-826-6502.

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