C’mon, you have to give it to me – that’s the best headline you’ve read all day. I brought this story up on the radio show shortly after Carlos was arrested but now we’ve entered a new layer of this tale: the custody battle.
A farm hand accused of engaging in a sex act with his miniature donkey has been placed in protective custody at the Marion County Jail.
County officials have taken the animal, a 21-month-old named Doodle, to Animal Services — something the owner is not happy about.
“I want my donkey back. There’s got to be due process here. I paid $500 for her,” said Carlos R. Romero, sitting on a bench after his first appearance Tuesday morning in front of a judge.
Jail officials said Romero, who is charged with animal cruelty, is in protective custody for now.
County officials, meanwhile, plan to petition the court for custody of the donkey. If the court grants it, the county may put her up for adoption. County spokeswoman Elaine McClain said Doodle appears to be in good health, and there are “no outward signs of any physical abuse.”
So what do you think? Should Doodle go back home?
This is just the latest update in the most gripping story since 9/11. More to follow.