Sunday 18 March 2018

Animal rescue team hope four 'neglected' donkeys get their 'fairy-tale' ending

The donkeys were found in 'dire' condition

Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

One of four donkeys rescued in Louth was so badly emaciated that bones were protruding out of his body.

Abandoned animals Pacino, Oakley, Scamper and Oreo were discovered by the county council.

The donkeys are currently recovering in the Donkey Sanctuary.

While three of them are in relatively good health, 30-year-old Oreo is “touch and go”.

Along with being emaciated, Oreo’s teeth were in very poor condition due to neglect and he was suffering from a worm condition.

All donkeys needed attention, particularly Scamper who had approximately 4 inches of growth as a result of not being treated by a farrier.

The Donkey Sanctuary, Louth County Council and the equine pound in Louth all came together to rescue the animals.

They are currently being treated by the veterinary team, a farrier and the Equine Dental Technician (EDT).

Tríona O’Mahony, PR Officer with the Donkey Sanctuary says she hopes they all get their “fairy-tale ending”.

“They’re getting used to being in a safe environment and having a warm bed. We don’t know exactly how long they had been in the mountains,” she told

“Oreo hasn’t stopped eating since he came in. It is nice to see them rehabilitating.

“The three younger ones are in reasonably good health, but poor Oreo is a bit touch-and-go, we will have to see how he gets on. It will be a fairy-tale ending if they all find their own homes.”

You can make a donation towards the care of Oreo, Scamper, Pacino and Oakley here:

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