Tinsel and Jingles rose to prominence as two donkeys rescued by The Donkey Sanctuary as the result of their previous owner ‘James Steele’ being convicted of a string of animal welfare offences.
The donkeys were rescued in February 2016 and following several months of care to address their neglected state the donkeys were deemed suitable to be considered for the re-homing scheme based on their improving health and kind temperaments.
Tinsel and Jingles were fully rehabilitated by the dedicated staff at the Sanctuary. The pair have gone on to find a loving new home together in the rolling fields of Co. Down.
The Sanctuary will continue to support the guardians in the home to address any future health issues with the donkeys.
Staff at The Donkey Sanctuary are absolutely delighted that the donkeys found a suitable home. They have endured the horrors of a previously neglected existence and really do deserve a second chance at life. They will now live out their lives in a loving home that will give them the one to one attention they so richly deserve.
Jane Bruce, Donkey Welfare Adviser had the opportunity to visit the donkeys today for a settling in visit and came away smiling. Both Tinsel and Jingles were cantering around their new field, kicking up their heels, playing amongst the trees and thoroughly enjoying their life. Their new guardians advised me they are quite the inquisitive pair involving themselves in any ongoing activity in the yard!
As Tinsel and Jingles settle into their new home it is with timely significance that their previous owner has once again been before the courts and convicted on this occasion for a shocking catalog of animal welfare offences against ‘farmed’ animals. In Antrim Crown Court Mr. Steele was convicted of six offences of causing unnecessary suffering to bovine animals where Department of Agriculture Inspectors found dead and dying cattle on his farm.
Danny Gray, the Department of Agriculture's head of veterinary enforcement, described it as a "horrendous welfare case".
18 animals were euthanized while a further 153 animals were seized by officials from the Department of Agriculture from the farm in January.
It’s truly hard to reflect on the staggering level of cruelty inflicted on both the donkeys and cattle while in the charge of this owner but we can at least rest content that The Donkey Sanctuary has done its utmost to ensure the safe future of the two surviving donkeys Tinsel and Jingles.