Tuesday 21 November 2017

Two donkeys ‘plucked from life of pain’ by sanctuary

Jennifer McShane

Two mare donkeys Kitty and her mother Tilly, were ‘plucked from a life of pain’ after they were taken in by the Donkey Sanctuary, based in Cork.

The Donkey Sanctuary responded to a request involving the two mare donkeys from their previous owner.

“It was clear from the initial visit that the donkeys were in a lot of pain due to their severely long and distorted hooves,” the Donkey Sanctuary told independent.ie. “ We estimated that their the hooves had not been trimmed in approximately two years. “

“Kitty in particular appeared to be in acute pain – she was desperately trying to distribute weight from one foot to the other, had protruding shoulders and was noticeably in very poor body condition. The look in her eye and across her face was clearly one of intense discomfort. She was lying down, overwhelmed and exhausted by her extreme discomfort,” the group said.

“Tilly her daughter was also in very poor condition, she had extremely long hind hooves and was hobbling about lamely trying to find some degree of balance when she moved,” they explained.

Realising that both animals were clearly suffering, the sanctuary moved sharply and swiftly to take the donkeys into their care.

However, the group said that both donkeys displayed “the sweetest and kindly temperaments possible,” despite enduring constant pain.

Both mares were given veterinary and farrier assessments straight away and were administered pain relief injections, while x-ray’s were taken of their hooves as they lay in the stable.

The group recalled a touching moment between mother and daughter: “When Kitty’s pain relief injections began to take effect and she rose to her feet, she began nudging and grooming her daughter, who was her constant companion throughout their previous pain ridden times,” the group added.

The Donkey Sanctuary rescued 388 donkeys in 2014.

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