27 November 2005

Owners' plea after donkeys stolen


Nelly (pictured) is said to be inseparable from her friend Blaney

The owners of four donkeys who were stolen from a shed in County Armagh have appealed for their safe return.

It is thought the four animals, who are all in foal, were driven away from premises at Laurel Vale Road, Tandragee, in a steel and blue trailer.

The owners are said to be devastated by the loss of Maggie, Nellie, Blaney and Tessa. The theft was reported to police at about 1000 GMT on Sunday.

Two of the animals are dark brown, one is grey and brown, the other is grey.

Maggie is described as a dark brown, long-haired donkey.

Nellie is also long haired, grey and brown in colour and is said to be inseparable from her friend Blaney.

Maggie is a long haired donkey

Blaney is short haired with dark brown hair which is nearly black in colour.

The fourth animal, Tessa, is a rescued donkey, who had been nursed back to health by her owners.

She is grey, short haired and has a distinctive cross on her back.

The animals were driven off in a trailer used by their owners for transporting them.

The police have urged anyone who is offered a donkey for sale that matches any of these descriptions to contact detectives at Tandragee.

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