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5 animals die at Arkansas refuge

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GASSVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Three horses and two donkeys at a north Arkansas animal refuge have died from suspected botulism.

Rocky Ridge Refuge founder Janice Wolf says the animals likely contracted the infection from a hay bale that may have contained a dead rodent. Wolf says all five had lived at the refuge for years.

A spotted donkey named Gabriel that came to the refuge 20 years ago died from the infection, as did a donkey named Levi. A 12-year-old painted mare named Promise, a retired racehorse named Jobe and a horse named Chance that suffered abuse before coming to the refuge also died.

Wolf says two of the horses died quickly from the poisoning - with the contaminated food still in their mouths. The other three were euthanized.

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