Barron Park's beloved donkeys have been attacked by a dog for the second time. The donkeys, Perry and Miner Forty Niner, were placidly residing in their pasture near Bol Park when the attack occurred the evening of Nov. 6, according to Barron Park Association Board Member Doug Moran.
The donkeys were attacked by the same dog on Sept. 24 after the dog got away from its owner. The owner stayed until head donkey handler Bob Frost arrived. Perry, the smaller donkey on which the donkey in the movie Shrek was modeled, suffered injuries, including a 2-inch-square patch of skin torn from his face and cuts on his front legs in the first attack. The wounds took about 10 days to heal.
During the Nov. 6 attack, the same large dog again headed for the donkeys. Perry again suffered wounds to his face that were "somewhat more serious" than the previous instance, Moran said. The veterinarian decided against trying to suture in the dark in the pasture and had Perry transported to his facility.
Palo Alto Animal Services was notified of the attack. Some residents told the Weekly in emails that they want the animal euthanized, fearing it could also be a danger to people. Connie Urbanski, City of Palo Alto Animal Services acting superintendent, said the German Shepherd mix was removed from the city, but she declined to say where it was taken.
An investigation is ongoing, she said.
"It's really sad all the way around I feel really bad for everybody," she said.
Head donkey handler Bob Frost said the attack was the third by the same dog. The first time the dog did not hurt the animals. Perry is slowly starting to eat again, but still has some drainage from his wounds. He is expected to have his sutures removed on Nov. 20.
Frost said the owner of the donkeys' pasture might help to make the area more secure. Frost expects the dog's owner will pay the veterinary bills, as he did after the September attack.
"This time it was much worse. I had to send him to the equine hospital for a few days," Frost said.
Karla Kane, former Palo Alto Weekly editorial assistant, musician and animal lover, wrote to say her band, The Corner Laughers, were saddened by the attack. They have created a five-song album that can be downloaded. All proceeds will go to help the donkeys, she said.
One of the songs is about Palo Alto and the donkeys. The extended-play album is called "To the Donkeys of Barron Park." It is available at http://cornerlaughers.com/album/to-the-donkeys-of-barron-park-ep.
Tax-deductible donations can also be made through the Palo Alto Donkey Project, Acterra, 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303. Checks should be made out to Acterra Palo Alto Donkey Fund.