A donkey named Spike is in trouble after he jumped a fence and mauled a man. However, questions remain as to whether the animal was being harassed at the time of the incident, NBC Augusta reported.

Neighbors said kids, teens, and adults had thrown rocks at Spike and taunted the animal within the past weeks. He bit a 16-year-old girl on the back the day before the mauling occurred.

"I think it's a good donkey. I've been back in this guy's yard plenty of times and it's never bothered anybody," said Malik Dillard, a neighbor who witnessed the attack. "My kids, a bunch of the neighbors; they've never had any problems. I don't see [the donkey] doing any damage or hurting anyone unless it was provoked, which is what I believe happened in this situation."

Spike is currently at Animal Services' facility and his owner has been charged with allowing livestock to run loose. Spike's custody will be decided at a court hearing.


A man died earlier this week when he fell out of a moving horse trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike, The Associated Press reported.

New Jersey State Police told the AP Jorge Lopez, 22, was among several people in the trailer, along with eight horses. He fell out of the trailer and was pronounced dead on the scene. The police questioned the other people who were in the trailer at the time of the accident, but said no foul play was suspected.

The driver did not realize anything was amiss and continued on to Meadowlands Racetrack.


A company that makes shavings for horse stalls was fined more than $40,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a worker had part of his feet cut off in a machine last summer, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.

Callaway Farms Manufacturing was cited with 20 serious violations and ordered to pay $41,700. In July a worker fell into a shaving machine.

"We had a slip-and-fall issue when he slipped into the machine while trying to remove an obstruction," OSHA spokesman Michael Wald told the paper. "The machine was not locked out and tagged out, which means it was not de-energized and prevented from starting."