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Poorly donkey rescued from squalid living conditions

Poorly donkey rescued from squalid living conditions

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:54am 7th March 2020.

A poorly little donkey has been rescued from living in squalid conditions by a Cornish charity.

Buttons was allegedly bought and sold through multiple markets at the hands of equine dealers, he was in a desperately sad situation; recently cruelly separated from his bonded companion, denied proper veterinary care and kept alone in filthy, squalid conditions.

He was locked in an old, broken trailer without outdoor access when his rescuers, The Flicka Foundation, turned up to take him to safety.

Buttons was in a poor state of health on arrival at the sanctuary in Penryn.

buttons the donkey
Buttons the donkey has been rescued by a Penryn-based charity. He was found living in a trailer with no outside access

He is now receiving the treatment he urgently requires, but experts from the charity say he is undernourished, has a nasty parasite burden and is requiring medication to treat a nasty infection. His feet were also in need of immediate attention from the farrier due to the neglect he has suffered.

The little donkey will require more veterinary screening and much specialist care and attention over the weeks and months to come.

“We can only imagine the trauma poor Buttons has endured.

"He is such a lovely, friendly donkey and yet has every reason not to be considering what he has suffered at the hands of people... Donkeys are intelligent, sensitive animals, but their hardy and stoical traits mean they are exploited and abused worldwide.

"Although Buttons is now safe at our sanctuary, we are desperate for funds to help cover his expensive veterinary bills and his case really highlights an urgent need for on-site veterinary facilities.

"We have exciting plans to build a hospital for our donkeys, but, as a small charity, we need public support to make this vision a reality for them and we are appealing for donations.”

Laurie Stephenson, Flicka Foundation Director

buttons the donkey
Buttons is now being cared for by the Flicka Foundation - which is appealing for help towards the cost of vet bills

Specific legislation concerning the handling of equines states that all donkeys in the UK and Europe require a passport, but it was also discovered that Buttons’ documentation was forged and he was being kept and sold illegally.

The charity currently cares for over 100 donkeys and horses and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year.

It has rescued and rehabilitated over 1000 animals since its inception in 1995.

The sanctuary’s equine residents are free to live out their days in peaceful retirement, with their specialised needs catered for by an experienced team and members of the public are welcome to visit the donkeys year-round.

You can find out more about The Flicka Foundation and also its new appeal to raise funds for an equine hospital here.

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