Seeking justice for Don Quixote |

Seeking justice for Don Quixote

We live in an agriculturally zoned area in Penn Valley. My husband bought his house in 2000. When he moved in he brought his dog, Poco and inherited a dog, Sierra, who would play along the fence line with their neighbor Don Quixote. There is a common fence with our neighbors and that’s where we begin our story about Don Quixote.

Jim and I married in 2003 and the donkey became a part of our lives. If we sat outside and didn’t notice him he would take a deep breath and brae until he got our attention.

He looks just like the donkey in “Shrek.” In fact, I always thought he would talk and introduce himself to us. My daughter fell in love with him immediately and would often run to feed him a soft apple or carrot. Since then we had to say good-bye to Poco and Sierra and have adopted a Rhodesian ridgeback/German shepherd named Chester.

We watched Don Quixote teach Chester how to play with him; we captured it on video. Chester licked his face and Quixote closed his eyes and loved it.

All of the neighbors share apples and enjoy him. He’s lived there for 12 years. His owners are Dave and Jan.

One day I saw Dave and a vet looking at him, I asked if Don Quixote was sick, Dave replied he had seemed depressed and they were checking him out. They love their donkey.

Sunday, Oct. 10, the donkey was viciously and brutally attacked by a dog, in his own corral. His lower lip was ripped off along with most of his jaw.

He was transported to the care of Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center. They tried to fight the infections all week, but Oct. 17 they had to put him down.

The dog had a collar and tags and was seen with blood on it Sunday morning, but hasn’t been seen since. The vets in Loomis are horrified that the dog is still out there and they are very concerned for the safety of other animals in our area.

We are quick to blame mountain lions and coyotes for brutal attacks, but the truth is domesticated dogs do the most harm. Mountain lions and wolves are endangered species, but domestic dogs are not. The dog will have to be destroyed. But, the fact is the owners destroyed the dog by not controlling it.

The dog is just the symptom of the problem. The problem is the irresponsible pet owners. The owners should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for their gross negligence. We need justice for Don Quixote!

Lindsay and Jim Marich (and Kelly) live in Penn Valley.

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