The Irish counterpart of The Donkey Sanctuary was recently called upon to rescue a donkey that had been discovered suffering from appalling wounds caused by an ingrown collar and skin burns.
In January 2010, The Donkey Sanctuary received a call from a concerned member of the public who had seen a young donkey that was clearly in a great deal of distress and pain.
The donkey, called Shocks, had been kept with a rope tied so tightly around his neck that it had become deeply and painfully embedded. The owner had removed the collar by force, without giving Shocks any anaesthetic and then attempted to clean the wound by pouring a bottle of abrasive chemical cleaning fluid over Shock’s neck causing serious skin burns.
Bernard O’Neill, welfare manager at the Liscarroll Sanctuary says: “We found this donkey in a terrible state; his experience must have been excruciatingly painful for him. We were worried whether or not he would survive the trauma of his injuries but, with specialist veterinary attention and ‘TLC’ from our staff, he has really started to respond to treatments and is enjoying life in his new home here at the Sanctuary.”
With Shocks well on his way to recovery, staff at the Irish charity are looking forward to seeing him settle in to Sanctuary life and make friends with the other donkeys.