After months of campaigning, a Spanish court has dramatically overturned its previous rulings enabling The Donkey Sanctuary to rescue scores of equines from horrific conditions.
On 6th March 2014 the order was given for the farm in Callosa de Segura in Alicante to be closed and the animals seized. The very next day seven donkeys and mules and 14 horses were rescued by the Sanctuary’s Spanish counterpart.
The intervention comes months after The Donkey Sanctuary and other animal welfare bodies first discovered the animals in pitiful conditions in June 2013.
At that time the team immediately rescued nine donkeys and launched a legal appeal and a petition to seize the rest of the animals and have the farm closed down. Finally this has become a reality.
Veronica Sanchez, manager of The Donkey Sanctuary’s operations in Spain, said: “It is great news that we have been able to rescue these animals, and we will now start the process of nursing them back to health. It is unacceptable that it took seven months for the courts to allow us to seize the animals but we will continue to work in Spain to raise awareness of animal welfare and to prevent cases like this happening in the future.”
They were tied up
24 hours a day
with no access
to food or water.
She added: “We are extremely grateful to all those who signed our petition and helped put pressure on the authorities to close this farm down.”
Sadly of the original nine donkeys rescued by The Donkey Sanctuary in June 2013 two were put to sleep and another one was so ill it died immediately.
To find out more about the work of The Donkey Sanctuary, and the charity’s Sanctuary in Spain, El Refugio del Burrito, please visit http://www.elrefugiodelburrito.com