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CROWLEY (CBS 11 NEWS)Thirty-two donkeys, originally from North Texas and set for death at a Mexican slaughterhouse, are back home and safe.

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Officials with The Humane Society of North Texas explained that they’ve been working with a donor and some other advocates to rescue the donkeys from a Texas border town. The animals had been there awaiting sale to the slaughterhouse for their meat.

Whitney Hanson, a spokeswoman for the Humane Society of North Texas said, “They would have probably gone to slaughter within a number of days.”

(credit: John Anglin/CBS 11 News)

(credit: John Anglin/CBS 11 News)

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Hanson also said the conditions the donkeys were kept in were deplorable. Their environment was so bad that all of the animals developed various illnesses and infections. They were also emaciated when they were rescued.

As for the slaughterhouse, Hanson said, “A lot of them are very under weight or pregnant, so they wouldn’t be getting a lot of meat off the donkey’s but that’s not really something they were concerned with unfortunately.”

The donkeys are being cared for and should be healthy enough for adoption in about two weeks.

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