A Georgia farmer is mourning the death of his donkey claiming the noise from the July 4 fireworks caused his animal’s death. Sammy the donkey may have been so scared, he died of fright or a heart attack his owner explained.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, John Bogino of Seven Gables Farm located in Fulton, stated the miniature donkey Sammy, (nickname for Sambucca) just couldn’t take the explosions so near to him. Bogino is hoping the death of Sammy encourages people in farming areas to avoid the fire works and be alert to the needs of the animals in such stressful situations.
“The sounds were really loud, and I suspect he got scared out there and probably died of fright or heart attack,”Bogino stated.
In 2017, the mayor of the 10,000 resident farming community of Milton, worked with state lawmakers to create laws addressing how dangerous the noise from the fireworks can be to animals and livestock. A warning email alerted area residents, just days before July 4, that fireworks can be dangerous for animals.
Sammy the donkey was 24-years-old and guarded the goat and alpaca on the farm where horses are boarded for neighbors. The donkey had always been a favorite among the locals and school children.
No necropsy has been performed to determine Sammy’s exact cause of death.
Rest in peace Sammy.
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Mother and pup reunited! So sweet.