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Case ID: 2986
Classification: Beating
Animal: other farm animal
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Saturday, Nov 30, 1996

County: Lee

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

Three Rockingham County men have been charged with beating a donkey that was part of a church Nativity scene. The men are accused with attacking Brighty the donkey in December while he was tethered at Broadway Presbyterian Church. Brighty's owner says his pet has been afraid of people and unwilling to socialize with other donkeys since the attack. State police said one of the suspects told police they beat the donkey because it seemed like "a cool thing to do."

Authorities think they used an automotive tool, such as a lug wrench or jack handle.


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