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The mysterious case of the four wandering donkeys

MYSTERY still surrounds the appearance of four daring donkeys wandering on the busy Kilyclogher Road in recent weeks.

Police officers, who are continuing to search for the donkeys’ owners, have attended the area numerous times since December 24 after several reports of donkeys escaping nearby fields.

It is still unclear whether or not the animals – including one foal – have been abandoned, although one has since been killed by a vehicle.

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On both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, police received reports of roaming donkeys at the Killyclogher Road area of Omagh.

“On Monday, December 24, at around 8.15am, it was reported that the donkeys were witnessed wandering in the area,” said Sergeant Platt. “The donkeys were placed in a nearby field by officers who attended the incident. On Tuesday, December 25, it was reported that two of the donkeys managed to escape from the field, and were found at the Slieveard Park area of Omagh at around 00.45am. The donkeys were placed back in the field by officers.”

Again, last week police received a report of two donkeys straying on the same stretch of road.

“On Tuesday, January 8 it was reported that two donkeys were found close to a filling station in the area,” said Constable Primrose.

“It was later discovered that one of the donkeys was fatally injured after being struck by a vehicle at around 7.30am.

“The other donkey was located and secured into a pen shortly before 10am.”

Tim Foley, litter enforcement officer at the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council added, “The dead donkey was reported on the morning of Tuesday, January 8.

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“Time was allowed to see if the owner would turn up, but no show. Removal was requested on Thursday at midday, and the donkey was removed on Friday.”

“Enquiries are continuing to establish the owner of these animals,” Constable Primrose added. “Police would appeal to anyone who could help identify these animals to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 265 8/1/19.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100 per-cent anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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