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Thursday 26 April 2018

Owner sought of donkey that was on the brink of death when rescued

There was no microchip present when scanned and the ISPCA is appealing for information to help trace an owner.
There was no microchip present when scanned and the ISPCA is appealing for information to help trace an owner.
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A donkey that was found almost dead in a field, was brought back to life by the ISPCA after round-the-clock treatment.

ISPCA Inspector Karen Lyons responded to a call recently from a member of the public about a donkey in Mount Mary, Ballygar, Co. Galway.

The caller was concerned when she was out riding her horse and spotted a donkey in a field lying down in overgrown rushes and had not moved in two days.

Inspector Lyons arrived at the scene to discover a donkey in a serious collapsed state and called on local vet Catriona Thornton at Wyncroft Veterinary Clinic in Ballygar for urgent assistance.  David Walsh from the Donkey Sanctuary was also nearby and attended.

ISPCA Inspector Karen Lyons said: “When I arrived at the scene and first saw the donkey, later called George, my initial thoughts were it might be too late. He was so weak and thin, he was unable to stand. He had sores on his right hind leg and also between his front legs that were red raw.

"He could have been down for days, said Inspector Lyons. After some time, we slowly got him to his feet.  Although he was very unsteady, I could see he had fight in him and a will to live. He wanted to eat and drink which I thought was a good sign.”

According to the ISPCA he was removed and brought to Wyncroft Veterinary Clinic as he was too weak to make the journey to the ISPCA Centre in Longford.

There he received three days round the clock veterinary treatment until he was strong enough to be transported to the ISPCA National Animal Centre.

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There was no microchip present when scanned and the ISPCA is appealing for information to help trace an owner.

George is making a remarkable recovery and responding well to ongoing treatment, but the ISPCA is taking the opportunity to remind owners that they have a moral and legal responsibility to provide for the welfare needs of the animals in their care.

This includes monitoring animals for ailments and taking appropriate steps to address them if and when they arise.

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