The Donkey Sanctuary has condemned the stabbing of one of its foster donkeys in Wales.
Cheeky the mare, was stabbed 12 times on Friday night in her stable at the Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran near Newport.
It is thought the weapon may have been a pen knife. Cheeky received wounds to her stomach, rear and neck.
She has since been receiving regular visits from vets and from The Donkey Sanctuary’s welfare adviser. She is recovering slowly and has started to graze again.
Michael Crane, Head of Welfare at The Donkey Sanctuary said: “Our hearts go out to poor Cheeky, who is lovingly cared for at Greenmeadow Community Farm through our fostering scheme. Her attack has horrified us - how anyone could inflict such suffering on any animal is beyond comprehension.
“Our welfare adviser has been in regular contact with Greenmeadow Community Farm to help however possible. We have been assured by the police that this appalling attack is likely to be an isolated incident.”
The community farm has since stepped up security and the police have appealed for information to help with their investigation.
Cheeky, 22, has lived happily at the farm since 2006, with friends Angel and Woody.
She has been used for education and animal welfare courses and always been popular with children and schools’ groups. The Donkey Sanctuary is continuing to monitor her on the farm where she has lived so happily for so long and where she is receiving expert care and kindness.