By BRIGITTE RUTHMAN
BETHLEHEM – The search for Jackie, a 30-year-old donkey who seemingly vanished without a trace, continues as the disappearance grows more mysterious.
A $3,000 reward has been offered for Jackie’s recovery by Desmonds Army Animal Law Advocates if another individual is found to be responsible for her removal.
A photo of the donkey walking along Hickory Lane was taken Jan. 11 by a passerby within a half mile of the property where she has lived for the past 20 years. It’s about where the trail went cold.
“It seemed very strange because there were no tracks or droppings on a muddy day further down the road,” said Nick Paproski, Bethlehem’s assistant animal control officer.
Dozens of relatives and friends of the owner, who didn’t want to be identified, searched on foot within a radius of about six miles, Paproski said.
A drone camera capable of detecting the thermal heat that would be given off by the animal in the cold was also deployed.
A well cared for donkey can live up to 40 years, Paproski said.
Searchers are asking homeowners in the area to check their security and train cameras for footage of Jackie, and to be on the lookout for her to join up with another herd of livestock.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bethlehem Animal Control Office at 203-233-1137.
Contact Brigitte Ruthman at bruthman rep-am.com.