In July 2011, we brought news of a donkey that had been stabbed and was the innocent victim of a dispute between two farmers. His stab wounds were badly infected, infested with maggots and extremely painful and his life miserable... until we arrived to help.
Misu, a four year old working donkey from Cernavoda, in South East Romania, suffered horrific injuries after being stabbed twice in the neck.
Road to recovery
Andrew Judge, our European Operations Manager, was with the team at the time of Misu's rescue and told us:
"When we arrived Misu was in a very bad condition. The hair on his neck was missing and red raw, and I could see the two stab wounds - one behind each ear - which were weeping a large amount of pus. When we started clipping the hair from the donkey's neck to get to the wounds, it became clear that the situation was much worse than anticipated; there were more maggots than hair. With the help of Misu's owner, we managed to calm the animal, and continued to clip the hair, wash and treat the wounds and remove the last of the maggots. After an hour of treatment and antibiotic injections we had finished and Misu looked much more comfortable.
Helping working donkeys like Misu also helps the communities which rely on them to help meet their basic needs and provide a source of income. Like many donkey owners in this part of Romania, Misu's owner told us that he would not have been able to afford to treat his donkey himself, and so Misu almost certainly would have died. Without his working donkey, Misu's owner would have been without an animal to pull his cart, and so his livelihood would also have suffered."
Time is a great healer
After receiving free emergency treatment by our team in Romania, Misu is well on the road to recovery as you can see from the photos that Andrew has sent to us.
It's great to see Misu up on his feet and the photos clearly show this his wounds are no longer infected or causing him any further pain.
Time is a great healer and we hope that Misu's ordeal will not have scarred him for life.
Our work in Romania
We have been working in partnership with the charity Save The Dogs and Other Animals in Romania since 2007. Our two charities provide outreach veterinary care for donkeys and mules working in the community, as well as a refuge for up to 80 rescued donkeys with medical conditions.
Donkeys are still used as working animals in many of the poorer, agricultural areas of the country, and donkeys without access to veterinary care often become ill or injured, and in some cases are sold for meat when they are no longer able to work.