— A Wisconsin couple is suing Ashland County officials
for euthanizing their mammoth donkey named Jethro.
and Dwight Westmore filed a lawsuit in federal court
Friday alleging the county unfairly seized Jethro and four
horses from their Butternut ranch last December after a
report of maltreatment. Despite their objections, the
county euthanized Jethro, who the Westmore's say was
recovering from an injury.
the four horses Ashland County took into custody later
died after it was returned in August.
Westmore was charged by the county in March with four
misdemeanor counts of mistreating animals.
Stoddard, the Westmores' attorney, told the Daily Press of
) his clients house ill and elderly horses before they're
slaughtered. That's why a concerned caller and animal
control officials might have seen "sickly
looking" animals, he said.
situation reads a lot like plot of a bad novel,"
argues Ashland County officials should have had a warrant
to search the Westmores' property and seize Jethro and the
horses. Their lawsuit names the county, animal control
officials and several police as defendants.
Westmores are seeking damages for the "permanent loss
of personal property and animal companionship," plus
attorney, veterinary and burial fees for Jethro and their