2:23 pm (54 seconds)
SRSO: Sheriff’s Office Hayley (sp?)
CALLER: Hi, I am calling in regards to the livestock situation on Deaton Bridge Road. Can I get some clarification as to why that donkey was shot instead of caught?
SRSO: Yes ma’am the livestock officer and the deputy on scene said that he was unable to get the donkey under control or contained.
CALLER: No (one) wanted to decide to try to even bring a trailer in or call one of the rescues in the area?
SRSO: No ma’am, that’s not what the officers on scene decided was the best course of action for that specific animal.
CALLER: Ok. Thank you.
Following is the audio in which Hayes asked permission before taking the action.
1:50 pm (29 seconds)
SRSO: Sheriff’s Office
CONTRACTOR: Hey, this is Philip, uh, livestock
CONTRACTOR: (Tell them) I’m fixing to go home. I need to talk to somebody. I’m fixing to pile this donkey up.
SRSO: **laughter** You’re **laughter** Ok what, what are you going to do with it?
CONTRACTOR: I ain’t got no way to (catch) it.
SRSO: Where did he live? That ain’t the first call we’ve had for that donkey, I don’t think.
CONTRACTOR: I know it. No, and that’s the trouble is he’s a danger. So, I’m just gone make the danger disappear.
SRSO: **laughter** Well, I don’t wanna…ah, I don’t know what.
CONTRACTOR: No, you just can’t give me the…you just give me the lieutenant over this part.
CONTRACTOR: Yeah, connect me to him. Cause I ain’t gone do it unless I get permission.
CONTRACTOR: It won’t be the first one I did.
SRSO: All right. Hang on a second.
CONTRACTOR: Cause he ain’t worth $10.
SRSO: Ok, I’m going to have to put you out to the lieutenant there.
CONTRACTOR: That’s fine. But most likely when I pull Henry out, the people will say oh no, no, no, no. Cause I got him contained but not completely contained.
SRSO: Yeah, and somebody would get hurt with that donkey.
CONTRACTOR: Well, they ain’t gone get hurt with him.
SRSO: Let me, um…I’m gonna transfer you.
CONTRACTOR: But if he gets out on on that highway again he’ll kill somebody.
SRSO: Yeah. I’m gonna transfer you over to Lieutenant Smith’s cell phone. Lt. Philips’ cell phone. He’s the lieutenant for Milton. So I’m going to transfer you now. If we get cut off or anything just call me back, ok?
CONTRACTOR: I will. Thank you.
SRSO: Yes sir. Transferring you now.
CALL ENDS BUT DISPATCHER CONTINUES TALKING: Yeah, he’s about to shoot the donkey. He’s got a talk to the Lieutenant before he does it.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to delays from SRSO in fulfilling this public records request, South Santa Rosa News sought and received assistance from the First Judicial State Attorney’s Office to ask the agency to comply with Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law in a timely manner.