01 March 2015 | Online since 2003



25 February 2014|News

Thirteen donkeys rescued in Cornwall


A distressed mare and foal and group of underweight stallions were among 13 donkeys saved from terrible living conditions and extreme weather from an owner who could no longer cope with them - in a dramatic rescue in Cornwall by international animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary.

‘Spice’ was living in a dilapidated exposed barn crammed in alongside six other mares and a foal, seeking scant shelter from atrocious weather and waterlogged fields outside.

She was malnourished and had raw patches on her skin which attracted attacks by crows.

Besides her five stallions were packed into another flimsy shed. Some were suffering from rain scald and long feet. Together with the weather and the poor stabling the donkeys’ condition was critical.

What began as a routine welfare visit from The Donkey Sanctuary soon escalated into an urgent situation with fears for the donkeys’ safety as the region faced further storms. “When the RSPCA officer and I saw the conditions of the stallions we looked at each other and said, this can’t go on,” recalled The Donkey Sanctuary’s Welfare Officer.

“Kept there any longer and they could have died,” said another team member.

The rescue took place at the climax of the recent violent storms which hit Cornwall.

The Donkey Sanctuary Welfare Officer said: “It was a pretty bad situation. Spice and the other mares were distressed, underweight, frightened and cold. The condition of some of the stallions was very concerning. None of them had enough shelter. Some of them had rain scald. We didn’t know how much food they were getting or how often, we couldn’t tell exactly how bad they were, the weather was getting worse and worse and we really couldn’t leave the donkeys in that situation any longer.”

In less than 24 hours The Donkey Sanctuary pulled together an entire crew of vets, handlers and lorry drivers to speed the donkeys to safety.

The team battled torrential rain and gales to contain the frightened herd and to whisk them away. Taking a gate off its hinges to make a temporary pen and holding it in place for hours until transport arrived in conditions like “Noah’s Ark” was worth it to see the donkeys removed to safety, said The Donkey Sanctuary’s Welfare Officer.

She said: “It was just a huge success and a relief to see them removed to safety. That’s the best outcome.”

The donkey owners’ personal circumstances had changed so dramatically that she could no longer cope with her pets. Given that The Donkey Sanctuary was able to take them out of immediate risk the owner voluntarily relinquished them and no further action was taken by the RSPCA, who were also called to the site.

Wherever possible The Donkey Sanctuary’s Welfare Officers support donkey owners to keep their animals at home. Rescue is a last resort.

Staff at The Donkey Sanctuary now face the challenging task of nursing Spice and the others back to health. Many are underweight and nervous with dental and hoof problems as a result of poor care.

Download



Comments


27-02-2014 22:17 PM | Posted by: Jane Scales
Well done for rescuing those poor animals .I bet they think they have gone to heaven now that they have moved homes.

To post comment without approval login or register

Display name

Please enter your name

Email (optional)
Comment

Please enter your comment

Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.

Some error on your process.Please try one more time.



Jobs


27 February 2015
Lecturer in Agriculture
Teach on a wide range of Agriculture/ Animal Science courses from Level 1 to Honours degree, and with a specialism in Farm an...

25 February 2015
Agricultural Fencing Labourer
Duties to include repairing and erecting fencing and other farm chores and repairs. Wage is negotiable depending on experienc...

26 February 2015
Citrix Service Desk Engineer
App server farms, Windows Server technologies, supporting and maintaining Xen. Our client, an IT Services Support company hav...

16 February 2015
LGV CE MILK TANKER DRIVERS
Our farm collections contract is a very important part of our business and provides an essential service to dairies and dairy...

25 February 2015
ATA Mechanical Electrical and Trim
Locations – 13 Eldon Way, Hockley, Essex SS5 4AD and Unit 10, Donkhill Farm, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 8LW. ATA Mechanica...



Top stories you may have missed
2 February 2015 | Arable
Is EU membership damaging UK farming?

Is EU membership damaging UK farming?

Membership of the EU is damaging the British farming industry, according to...


29 January 2015 | Machinery and Equipment
Drones 'rapidly changing' agriculture

Drones 'rapidly changing' agriculture

BASIS has launched an accreditation for pilots of Unmanned Aerial Systems (...


23 January 2015 | Arable
UK wheat yields have potential to double

UK wheat yields have potential to double

UK wheat yields have theoretical potential to more than double over the nex...


23 January 2015 | Machinery and Equipment
Crowds flock to LAMMA 2015

Crowds flock to LAMMA 2015

Britain’s farmers flocked to Peterborough for the first day of LAMMA’15 to ...


22 January 2015 | Cattle
Don't blame supermarkets for milk crisis...

Don't blame supermarkets for milk crisis...

The crisis in the dairy industry is not the fault of supermarkets, accordin...


16 January 2015 | CLA
Families affected by HS2 face 'major wor...

Families affected by HS2 face 'major wor...

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer visited three rural businesses in Cheshi...


16 January 2015 | Machinery and Equipment
John Deere unveil new 6R tractor range

John Deere unveil new 6R tractor range

Spearheading the John Deere range of mid-size tractors from Mannheim, the n...


14 January 2015 | Animal Health
Monthly TB checks more effective than ba...

Monthly TB checks more effective than ba...

Regular testing for bovine TB could significantly reduce the number of infe...


12 January 2015 | News
Government regulations hampering UK agri...

Government regulations hampering UK agri...

Single-issue policy-making threatens to hamper, not help, the progress of U...


8 January 2015 | Cattle
2015: The year ahead for the beef market

2015: The year ahead for the beef market

2014 has been a “rocky old year” for the beef industry but better prices ar...