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Jun 23, 2011 7:00 AM by Kate Richards

Cripple Creek mourning loss of donkey

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (AP) - Residents of the historic mining town of Cripple Creek are mourning a member of the community fatally injured in a hit-and-run accident - Sarah, a 20-year-old donkey.

Sarah was part of a free-roaming herd of donkeys in the mountain town about 115 miles southwest of the Denver. The animals are a link to the town's past when they were used in mining and are tended to by a community group.

The Gazette reports that police found Sarah severely injured and lying under a tree over the weekend. Police say the driver could face criminal charges if the person is found.

The veterinarian who did the necropsy estimates the car was going 30 to 35 mph.

Cripple Creek might pay tribute to Sarah at this weekend's 80th Annual Donkey Derby Days.

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