The ISPCA responded to reports of a neglected donkey in a farm in Co. Limerick at the beginning of August. The donkey was rescued with severely overgrown hooves; he has since been transferred into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary.
The ISPCA received a report from a concerned member of the public regarding the neglect of a donkey in Limerick. On arrival ISPCA Inspector Walsh discovered a grey middle aged male stallion donkey running loose in a laneway through a farm. Walsh said: "This kind of neglect is easily preventable with regular farrier treatment, and there is no excuse to let a donkey get into this state. This neglect would have taken some time, and would have been extremely uncomfortable for him."
The donkey has been since been named ‘Walshie’ after Inspector Walsh that found him initially and he has been relocated into the expert care of The Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll. The Donkey Sanctuary has a long history of rescuing and rehabilitating donkeys and mules from all over Ireland. Walshie can now look forward to a lifetime of care and protection and it is hoped that he will one day find a loving home through the Sanctuary’s successful rehoming scheme.
Walshie is adjusting well to his new life in Liscarroll where he enjoys a nutritious diet and is receiving ongoing veterinary and farrier care. Walshie is enjoying the company of our staff and volunteers as well as the companionship of other donkeys. He will undergo a castration in the coming months and will be examined by the Equine Dental Technician at least once a year.
The hope for Walshie and all of the donkeys rescued is that they find their forever homes and loving guardians when they have been rehabilitated. With the high levels of donkeys in need in Ireland The Donkey Sanctuary are appealing to the public to rehome donkeys, if you are in a position to care for two donkeys please get in touch by calling 022-49013