(KLTV) - Livestock be abandoned along roads in East Texas is becoming more common, especially Donkeys.
Cecil Shelton with the Gregg County Sheriff's Office tells us, "Mostly it's donkeys, mules and horses more than cattle right now...sometimes used in the role of watchdog, but more often pets, unlike cattle and horses they have no market value, but they still have to be fed and watered."
Therein lies the problem, ranchers may be choosing to go with the stock they can make money off of. Rancher Bob Griffin says it appears to be a simple business decision for ranchers, "the donkeys have no commercial value. When they don't have water, they don't have feed....they are not accepting donkeys at the sale barn. So they turn them out on the side of the road."
Taking them in is a considerable cost for any county in East Texas. Most sale barns will not take them anymore either.
The Gregg county sheriffs office says they have the option to sell the animals at public auctions, sell them directly, or donate them to non-profit rescue organizations.
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