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Sheriff investigates shooting of Barrow County donkey

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Sheriff's investigators in northeast Georgia are trying to find out who shot and killed a donkey on a Barrow County farm.

The donkey was shot in the right shoulder on Raymond Garrett's family farm by someone using a high-powered rifle.

Sheriff Judd Smith says the donkey appears to have been shot from a distance by somebody who knew where to place a killing shot, such as an experienced hunter. He also says it's possible the shooter mistook the donkey for a deer. That would still be illegal because it's not deer season.

Smith says the shooter could face a felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty for killing the donkey. He said, "It's not just cruel, it's mean."

Garrett said he would offer $1,000 if anyone figures out who killed his donkey.

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