WNEP-TV (http://bit.ly/1l9B0B8) says the boys were charged Thursday, about a week after the donkey was shot 18 times on the Clinton Township farm in Lycoming County.
Amos Yoder and his family have lots of animals. But he says the 6-year-old Jerusalem miniature donkey named Eeyore was his children's pet.
Yoder says the children would take turns riding Eeyore and the neighborhood children would pet him on their way to school.
Two 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy are charged with cruelty to animals and weapons violations. State police say the teenagers each shot Eeyore six times.
The teens also admit shooting several deer. Additional charges will be filed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.