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Donkey okay: “mistreated” mule sparks welfare alert

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Abused donkey turns out to be a false alarm

A plastic donkey has sparked a false alarm after animal inspectors received reports it was being mistreated.

The neglected mule turned out to be fibreglass owned by a minister which had been previously used in Nativity plays

A concerned member of the public called the Scottish SPCA believing the donkey, which was tied to a fence, was being mistreated.

After receiving a visit from the welfare charity, owner Reverend Georgie Baxendale, who calls it Joshua, saw the funny side.

She said: "This is the funniest thing I've ever heard in my life. I used to have two donkeys and bought Joshua as a reminder.

"He's very eye-catching and has appeared in many nativity plays over the years.

"I think this could have been a joke or maybe the person who reported it just doesn't know donkeys very well as real ones don't stand as still as Joshua!"

Senior Inspector Bill Little said: "The caller stated the donkey was kept in the back garden of a house in Airdrie and tied to a fence without any shelter.

"When I arrived, the owner asked me if I wanted a laugh and when she showed me the ornamental donkey it certainly gave me a chuckle.

"He used to be kept at the side of the house and could be seen by people walking by so it's possible someone called us as a practical joke.”

Although the incident was a false alarm, the Scottish SPCA said it encourages anyone with concerns about an animal to call its helpline on 03000 999 999.



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