The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre is pushing for the prosecution of a man after his donkey was last week found malnourished and partially crippled by with a severely malformed hoof caused by years of neglect.
The donkey escaped its enclosure last Thursday and ended up in the garden of a concerned young woman, who called Sue and Rod Weeding from the Rojales rescue centre.
Almoradi police who attended the scene promptly allowed the donkey to be taken to the Rescue Centre,
“It’s not a genetic thing,” Sue said. “The donkey is about eight or nine years old and he’s clearly had not had his feet trimmed for a long time, so one of the hooves has curved over and gradually stretched the front tendons and retracted the rear ones . He’s actually walking on what would be the equivalent of our wrist.”
Sue said the donkey has now been x-rayed and corrective surgery can be be done. He will soon be taken to the specialist Equihealth Veterinarios clinic in Barcelona, to be cared for by a team of veterinarians including Gasper Castelijns, who serves Spain’s 2012 equestrian Olympic team.
“Gasper will have to perform major surgery, including possibly fusing some bones together and repairing the tendons to straighten the leg. But we can help him – that’s the good news,” Sue said.
Police are in contact with the donkey’s former owner and are believed to be moving ahead with a prosecution. “This is why we urge people to call the police if they see an animal in distress,” Sue said. “This is the only way we can move animal welfare forward in Spain, by pushing the police to act.”
We have named him Franky and we will give him the very best care possible.
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre welcomes donations and sponsorships to help support their work. Every cent donated to the centre or spent in the eight charity shops across the Alicante province goes towards the feeding and care of the centre’s 83 horses, ponies and donkeys.
Please contact the charity shop hotline on 652 021 980 for information about furniture pick-ups and volunteering in our shops.
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre opens to the public on the first Sunday on the month between 1pm and 4pm. The centre is located just outside Rojales at Partido Lo Garriga 59. For directions, please visit www.easyhorsecare.net.
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