One year on from the biggest equine rescue Italy has ever seen huge amounts of work remain to be done.
In February 2013 scores of starving horses and donkeys were discovered on a farm in Colleferro near Rome. Some were dead or dying or surrounded by animal carcasses.
Two hundred animals were seized. Of these, 28 donkeys mules and hinnies were taken to our Italian Sanctuary, Il Refugio degli Asinelli, near Turin where their rehabilitation continues and will continue for decades.
It has taken months to nurse the survivors back to health and win their trust. Six of them have had foals and more are due this summer.
We owe these newborns a lifetime of care.
As well as funding food, medicine, shelter and expert treatments we will continue to fight the legal case against the owner who kept the rescued animals in such horrific conditions and to monitor the trader’s farm to ensure that no more animals are taken in and subjected to the same suffering.
Your continued support helps our efforts to prevent such a tragedy happening again.