Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 8, 2013

Horse, donkey on the loose?


---- — TRAVERSE CITY — One night, two separate reports. A runaway horse in Traverse City and a loose donkey on a Grand Traverse County road briefly sent city police and sheriff's deputies on unsuccessful searches to find wayward animals.

A caller reported seeing a horse loose and dragging sleigh bells in the area of Elmwood Avenue and 11th Street on Monday about 11 p.m.

Police dispatch records show officers checked, but could not locate a four-legged fugitive.

The Grand Traverse 911 Facebook page alerted drivers to be on the lookout for the horse and also a donkey seen in the middle of County Road 633 near West Blair Townhall Road.

Sheriff's Lt. Bryan Marrow said a deputy went out at 10 p.m. to find the donkey, but it ran off beforehand.

"We have no idea who the owner was and we couldn't locate the donkey," Marrow said.

The donkey was last seen running west into the woods near the road.