From Monday 1st February 2010 two donkeys rescued from terrible conditions in July 2009 by The Donkey Sanctuary can be viewed by visitors to the charity’s main site near Sidmouth in Devon.
Along with their companion Tim, a Shetland pony, Laurel and Hardy have spent over six months being nursed back to health by staff at the Sanctuary’s Derbyshire centre; they weren’t admitted to Sidmouth initially as they were too ill to make the journey.
The charity had received a tip off from a member of public and found them slowly starving to death inside a filthy barn they had been shut in for at least six months. They were rescued the same day that they were discovered, and were suffering from malnutrition, neglected hooves and lice infestations.
Their story and subsequent progress has been documented in written and video blogs by the Sanctuary’s senior PR officer Dawn Vincent, and has captured the interest of many supporters.
Dawn Vincent says: “Anyone who has been following Laurel, Hardy and Tim will be delighted to hear they can now meet the dear creatures here at the Sanctuary. They were in such a sorrowful state when I first met them and are almost unrecognisable now. I think they are going to love all the fuss and attention that visitors will give them.”
The Donkey Sanctuary cares for over 2,200 rescued and unwanted donkeys, 500 of which can be found in Sidmouth which is open all year round from 9am until dusk. Admission is free and a map booklet with information about the donkeys you can see is available for a small charge. Laurel, Hardy and Tim can be found at ‘Salston Boxes’.