Last week Chief Veterinary Advisor, Joe Collins and Donkey Welfare Adviser, Ciara O’Kelly attended Tallow Horse Fair on behalf of The Donkey Sanctuary. Ciara quickly located a thin, young donkey that Gardaí at the fair were concerned for. The donkey was abandoned, tied to a pole with no owner in sight. Ciara knew instantly that he needed our help. Meanwhile, members of the public and other welfare groups also voiced concern for the donkey.
Ciara scanned the young donkey for a microchip and did not find one. It is a legal requirement in Ireland that donkeys have a microchip and passport. As no microchip was located, Gardaí seized the donkey under the Control of Horses Act. Ciara swiftly made arrangements for the young donkey, now called Walshie to come into our care.
That evening Walshie arrived in Liscarroll, exhausted and hungry after a long and confusing day for the animal. Since his arrival, he is eating well and our Veterinary Team have given him a thorough check up. When Walshie walked up the ramp of our trekker in Tallow, his fate was sealed. His future is bright here at The Donkey Sanctuary or, in time at a Guardian Home in the community.
Thank you to An Garda Siochana and My Lovely Horse Rescue for their assistance with bringing Walshie into our care. With no microchip or owner in sight at the horse fair, no one can be held accountable for abandoning this young donkey. Unfortunately, this is an occurrence that our Welfare Advisers frequently see.
If you are concerned for the welfare of a donkey in Ireland, please contact our Welfare Team on 022 49013 or firstname.lastname@example.org