A SEASIDE donkey owner says violence against his animals may drive him from a popular beach.
John Nuttall says his donkeys have been kicked in the face, put in headlocks, hit with pieces of wood and ridden bare-back while resting.
His family has run a donkey business on Cleethorpes beach for three generations.
But he says they have been attacked on several occasions while in their field in a nearby country park.
He said: “A lady was walking her dog across the country park, where the donkeys rest after a hard day’s work, when she saw these two young lads booting them over and over again in the face.
“This is not the first time they have been attacked.”
Mr Nuttall said two donkeys – named Dudley and Banjo – suffered cuts to their faces and were left traumatised.
He said: “I don’t know if we are going to be able to carry on for much longer.
“We are three generations in and I don’t know what else my family would do, but it if this keeps up we will have to stop.”
The incidents have been condemned by North East Lincolnshire Council.
Coun Hazel Chase, the portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities at the local authority, said: “It absolutely disgusts me that any human being can carry out such attacks on defenceless animals.”
Humberside Police said two teenagers on bikes had allegedly assaulted two donkeys in Cleethorpes Country Park.
Officers attended but did not catch the offenders.
They said it appeared to be an isolated incident.