On a Friday morning in August a call was received by El Refugio del Burrito, our rescue centre in Spain, from a lorry driver who regularly drives the same route and was concerned about the welfare of a donkey living in a fenced off area near to Valencia airport. He had noticed that this donkey was very thin and seemed to be unable to get up as she was lying down constantly. There was another donkey with her who looked well and a dog who he stated kept attacking her.
The police were called in order to arrange a joint visit with a vet, however, the police visited alone, spoke to the owner and informed us that the donkey’s papers were in order and that she was old so didn’t eat much.
Due to the continued concerns of staff at El Refugio del Burrito, they managed to arrange a vet’s visit privately over the weekend, who thoroughly assessed the donkey, Rosie. She had injuries and wounds all over her body, one of which was seriously infected across her right buttock, therefore causing her a great degree of pain and resulting in her inability to stay standing up. She was in a serious state of malnutrition and afraid of the other two animals there. As the owner was unable to pay for any veterinary treatment and provide adequate care for Rosie, we transferred her to have emergency treatment at the main veterinary hospital in Alicante.
On arrival Rosie was severely underweight at 158 kg, had scabies, worms, and pain caused by the need of dental work. She was lame in one of her forelegs and was covered in wounds, with the main concern being the infected wounds to her buttocks which appeared to be an accumulation of bites from a dog that had gone through to the muscle.
She has spent three and a half weeks in hospital receiving all the necessary treatment and changing her dressings three times a day. The staff at El Refugio del Burrito are delighted with her progress as she is now back on her feet, eating well and so far has put on 27 kg!
This week Rosie has moved to El Refugio del Burrito's holding base in Almeria where she will be able to recuperate fully and receive the love and care that she needs.