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News Nearby: Reward Offered to Find Out Who Killed Bonnie the Donkey

Family members say they heard two gunshots in the morning; they found the donkey dead that afternoon.

Ray Garrett told police he paid $250 for Bonnie, the donkey that was shot and killed on his property near Winder last weekend.

He's offering to pay $1,000 to find her killer.

Bonnie was found dead Feb. 16 in the middle of a pasture at 1412 Perkins Road with a bullet wound to the right shoulder area, according to the Barrow County Sheriff's Office incident report.

Family members told the AJC they heard two gun shots Sunday morning and the animal was found dead later that afternoon.

A Barrow deputy responded to the call around 3:45 p.m.

Garrett told the deputy the donkey was last seen alive around 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.

"Mr. Garrett and I rode on his multi-purpose vehicle approximately 150 yards behind his residence," the deputy wrote in the incident report. "I observed a dead donkey with a bullet wound to the right shoulder area."

The Barrow Journal reported a high-powered rifle was used and that a hunter is suspected.

Garrett told the AJC Bonnie and another donkey named Clyde had been at the farm for eight years and well-known in the community.

The sheriff's office said there are no known witnesses to the crime.

Anyone with information should call the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office at 770-307-3080.
Nick Nola February 21, 2014 at 06:21 AM
what is wrong with this world... what is happening. Has this cruelty always existed?
Nick Nola February 21, 2014 at 06:41 AM
If the person that did this is reading this, please go to church, ask the preacher for help. Whatever your life did to make these your actions must be dealt with so you stop this way of thinking.
Nick Nola February 21, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Satellite Images will find the vehicle involved. No one walked there to do that. I will call sheriff and suggest this
Cindy February 23, 2014 at 12:45 AM
So agree, Nick. Apparently it was deliberate. I don't think a donkey looks like a deer, and it isn't even deer season right now. The only thing that can legally be hunted are small animals and some birds like crows, fox, opossum, etc. Seems that satellite images may help, but if it was a high-powered rifle, depends on the location and distances involved. Person could have shot from a location that would not allow satellite to distinctly prove it was that person. Worth a try, though.
Charles Allen February 23, 2014 at 06:34 AM
Nick, if it was that easy to obtain usable satellite images to track down perps of a crime they would solve virtually any crime that occurs.
Nick Nola February 23, 2014 at 08:26 AM
Thanks all for your response. Regarding satellite images my position was to look for a stopped car, not a person. Crimes are solved with pieces to a puzzle and it would be unusual or lucky to find a face on an image. Secondly, images are easy to get from a technical aspect, the flaws are in man an humans kind to go this far, after all its only a donkey. The forethought that we are not chafing a donkey killer, we are chasing a dangerous mentality who has demonstrated his thought and skill by practicing on a donkey, before he moves on to a school or child playing with Leggo's on their front porch.
Stephanie Bailey McCarty February 23, 2014 at 08:39 AM
Seriously, you really believe that county police have access to satellite images? Watching too much TV
Nick Nola February 23, 2014 at 04:03 PM
I don't believe they don't have access to it. I do think the problem is apathy not access
Cindy February 25, 2014 at 12:04 AM
Satellite images are not difficult to obtain. I can see my own home....and yours....on Goggle Earth.
Cindy February 25, 2014 at 12:05 AM
oops...I'm sleepy...Google Earth!!

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