The Donkey Sanctuary rescued an abandoned donkey at the Appleby Horse Fair last weekend.
The donkey, who has since been named Flash, was found next to the flashing lane at the famous travellers’ fair where horse owners race their horses up and down at high speed. He was at risk of injuring himself and others.
After enquiries were made and no one came forward to claim him, Flash’s overgrown hooves and suspected tumorous growths were assessed and treated on site by The Donkey Sanctuary’s specialist vets, and he was later taken to the safety of the Sanctuary.
Welfare adviser, Pam Moon, came across Flash running free and seemingly abandoned.
She said: “I was sorry to see him in such a state and in such danger. It could have ended really badly or he could have caused an accident if he’d run out in front of the horses.
“It’s sad that he seems to have been neglected and that he was abandoned at the fair. Perhaps after his owners failed to sell him they just took his head collar off and let him go. We were glad we were there to help and to treat him and to get him away to safety. That’s what we’re there for. We always maintain a presence at the fair to monitor animal welfare and to help in cases like Flash’s.”
Flash, a sweet-natured four-year-old stallion, with some medical problems in need of treatment, will now have sanctuary for life with The Donkey Sanctuary.