Tourists in Aberdeen love the rural sight of a donkey cart trotting around the town, but it seems that some of the donkeys are being left to graze freely at the moment. This is not good news for the town’s gardens, which are already suffering in the drought.

It is not known who owns the animals. They have been seen in many areas of the town, even venturing as far as the padstal near the busy N9. As well as destroying the once carefully tended gardens, they are becoming a traffic hazard.

The municipality has a problem in that there is no municipal pound, so stray animals cannot be confiscated and impounded. However, officials at the local offices have requested that anyone seeing stray donkeys or pigs should contact the office as soon as possible, and attempts will be made to locate the owners. Municipal law enforcement officers can then hopefully follow the matter up with the owners.

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