MONTGOMERY, Pa. — Three central Pennsylvania teenagers have been accused of fatally shooting a pet donkey on an Amish family’s farm.
The boys were charged Thursday, about a week after the donkey was shot 18 times on the Clinton Township farm southeast of Williamsport.
Amos Yoder and his family have many animals, but the 6-year-old Jerusalem miniature donkey named Eeyore was his children’s pet. Mr. 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 are charged with cruelty to animals and weapons violations. State police say the teenagers each shot Eeyore six times.
The teens also admitted to shooting several deer. Additional charges will be filed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.