Blackpool’s famous beach donkeys will be receiving their annual ‘MOT’ (health check) on Friday 15th May.
Around 90 donkeys will be checked by a Blackpool Borough Council appointed vet and officials, assisted by welfare and veterinary experts from the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary, to ensure the donkeys are fit and healthy to work for the coming holiday season.
The checks commence from 9am at Rigby Road near Blackpool Borough Council’s car park. They include looking at:
- General health of each donkey, including condition of teeth, hooves, coat,
- Scanning the donkeys to check identification microchips,
- Condition of the tack (saddle and bridle).
Molly Lloyd, the Sanctuary’s Regional Welfare Officer explains: “The annual health checks of beach donkeys is a great exercise'.
The health checks reassure the public of the high standard of donkey care given by the owners and the commitment of local authorities, such as Blackpool Borough Council, towards the welfare of the donkeys and safety of the riders.”
The Donkey Sanctuary believes there are almost 850 donkeys working on Britain’s beaches each year and works with beach donkey owners and local authorities to ensure donkeys remain happy in their work.