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Great grandmother devastated after theft of pet donkey from Swansea farm

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 20, 2012

Catherine Jenkins holding a photograph of Dave, her donkey stolen from her farm in Waunarlwydd

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A GREAT grandmother has been left devastated after her pet donkey was stolen from a Swansea farm.

Catherine Jenkins is appealing for anyone to come forward who may have information relating to the disappearance of her 10-year-old donkey, Dave.

The 61-year-old was bought the animal as a gift by a friend when it was just six months old.

A police investigation has now been launched following the theft which took place between 5pm on Friday, November 30 and 10am on Saturday, December 1.

Mrs Jenkins contacted police immediately after discovering Dave had been taken from Keeper's Lodge Farm in Waunarlwydd and said: "We were hoping someone had taken him as a prank.

"He is worth a couple of hundred pounds but to me he is worth millions.

"He was a Christmas present, it's what every woman wants."

Mrs Jenkins also told friends as soon as she knew her donkey had been taken and news began to spread.

She said: "Within minutes everybody's phones were going.

"He went missing on the Saturday morning and I phoned a couple of my friends. They put it online and within minutes people at the stables were getting messages about the stolen donkey."

The pensioner has nine grandchildren who she said were very fond of Dave and added: "He was a big softy.

"His trouble was he was too friendly."

A spokesman for South Wales Police said: "The animal was stolen between 5pm on November 30 and 10am on December 1.

"We are investigating the theft of a donkey between those dates.

"He is a 10-year-old with white and black patches."

Anyone with information on the disappearance of Dave can contact Mrs Jenkins on 07929 065 719.

A spokesman for UK charity The Donkey Sanctuary said: "From time to time thieves target stables and fields in order to steal donkeys and equipment. "The Donkey Sanctuary is able to assist owners in the prevention of crime by giving advice on security of premises."

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  • Maxxy  |  December 20 2012, 7:00PM

    Took u three months to notice pony was not in field Btw and u never turned up to retrieve it when it escaped into my field several times and bottom livery yard where it frequently vanished for days on end let alone feed or worm it! Would u do that with your kids ??? Hope someone somewhere knows where donkey is and reports it as know how much part of the family he is

  • Rspca Llys Nini  |  December 20 2012, 6:35PM

    Hi Please call 0300 1234 999 to report the donkey missing to the RSPCA and then if they pick it up they'll know who it belongs to. It is also work calling Trading Standards in Swansea, Carmarthen and NPT as Trading Standards often deal with lost/straying larger animals. Meanwhile Llys Nini has tweeted and facebooked Dave's loss and have asked people to contact you with info. PLease let us know via Facebook if you have any news. Fingers crossed

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  • Hadoken123456  |  December 20 2012, 2:31PM

    Horrible thing to do, its almost the same kidnapping as many are as close to their animals as their family memebrs, if not more. Best thing to do is put up some notices with a reward on no questions asked. Also study cctv for around that time. Good luck in getting the cops to do anything.

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  • elainebarrie1  |  December 20 2012, 1:17PM

    When a beloved pet goes missing or gets stolen it is devastating for the owners, just imagine if the owners were children ? This owner and her husband did exactly this to my 2 daughters, one of which is disabled after we purchased a pony off them they were also sneaky and kept evaded the subject of a reciept for the purchase of the pon, they went on to resell the pony claiming it was because we owed rent and we only discovered after going to visit the field in which the pony was kept in and were told by them that it had been sold on and it was tough and not their problem. I hope the donkey safe and well but I have no sympathy with Catherine Jenkins as she now knows how my children felt.

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