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FARMINGTON — A local citizen has pledged $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in the death of a donkey who was shot in April.

The San Juan County Crime Stoppers announced the pledge this morning in a post on its Facebook page to help law enforcement officials investigating the death of Ralph the donkey.

The donkey was shot once around 9:30 p.m. on April 17 in a horse pasture east of the intersection of County Road 3000 and County Road 350.

Carlee Hooper, executive director of the San Juan County Crime Stoppers, said the $1,000 pledged along with seven anonymous donations totaling $75 will be given to a person who submits a tip leading to the arrest of the suspect.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident. A vehicle stopped on the shoulder of County Road 3000 near the residence of the donkey's owner and someone fired two shots at the animal from the vehicle.

The donkey later died from its injuries.

Detective Michael Farni of the Sheriff's Office told The Farmington Daily Times the owners of the donkey did not get a description of the vehicle, stating they only heard the vehicle's engine after the shots were fired and the vehicle left the scene.

Hooper said Ralph was a beloved family pet and that she was used to seeing the donkey in the pasture when driving the area of County Road 350 and County Road 3000.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to call Farni at 505-334-7742.

If anyone wishes to leave an anonymous tip, they can contact San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477 or visit www.sjccrimestoppers.org or www.p3tips.com and click on the "submit anonymous tip here" button on the website.

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