Amish Family's Pet Donkey Shot, Killed

Friday, Apr 25, 2014  |  Updated 8:29 AM EDT
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Amish Family's Pet Donkey Shot, Killed

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Three central Pennsylvania teenagers have been accused of fatally shooting a pet donkey on an Amish family's farm.
 
WNEP-TV said the boys were charged Thursday, about a week after the donkey, named "Eyeore," was shot 18 times on the Clinton Township farm in Lycoming County.

  Amos Yoder and his family have lots of animals. But he said the 6-year-old Jerusalem miniature donkey was his children's pet.
 
Yoder said the children would take turns riding Eeyore and the neighborhood children would pet him on their way to school.
 
Two 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy were charged with cruelty to animals and weapons violations. State police said the teenagers each shot Eeyore six times.
 
The teens also admitted shooting several deer, investigators said. Additional charges will be filed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

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