17 Donkeys Rescued in Ireland VideoKeith
17 donkeys rescued
The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare charity, based in the UK, working to protect and care for donkeys and mules.
This started off as a routine check of cattle tags on a Meath farm by Department of Agriculture (DAFM) officials turned into a full on donkey rescue with a wholly unexpected twist in the tail – Storm Desmond. The farmer concerned admitted to having ‘’a couple of donkeys’’ on the land; however a quick reccy of the 40 acres saw this increase to 15 donkeys, with some having obvious hoof issues. The donkeys were very timid and hard to approach so Donkey Welfare Adviser Cathy Griffin was called in for advice and expertise.
The weather was appalling (Storm Barney) when she visited: storm force winds, rain, hail, sleet, even snow but the show had to go on. She found 17 donkeys in all many of which had severely overgrown hooves: some certainly looked like they had never been trimmed. Some of the mares looked like they might be pregnant but there was no adult stallion to be seen any where on the land. The Donkey Sanctuary Welfare team worked with My Lovely Horse (MLH, an equine welfare group) and made a plan to round up, load, transport and assess the donkeys at their base locally. 17 donkeys rescued, another good day for animal rescue.