An abandoned donkey has this week been rescued by The Donkey Sanctuary after being left in a flooded field in urgent need of treatment.
A concerned member of the public alerted The Donkey Sanctuary after seeing a donkey that had been abandoned in a derelict, water-logged field with no adequate feed.
The four year old donkey was brought to The Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll and named Leandro. A veterinary examination revealed that he was underweight and suffering from a serious lice infestation which had resulted in several bald patches over his body. His feet had never been pared or treated and required emergency treatment to enable him to walk comfortably.
The charity’s Donkey Welfare Adviser Ian Colton responded to an urgent call and found the young stallion donkey in a flooded field, hiding amid tall rushes. Ian said: “The donkey was very withdrawn and seemed to have given up hope. He was scared, lonely and in very poor body condition with extremely painful, overgrown hooves.”
The Donkey Sanctuary has rescued over 4,440 donkeys since opening its gates in 1987. The Sanctuary exists to rescue, rehabilitate and protect donkeys in Ireland and to prevent cruelty and suffering amongst these adorable animals.
To donate towards Leandro's care and recovery please follow this link http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.ie/donate