I don’t like to start an article on a negative note, but I feel so strongly about this and I am sure you will feel the same once you have read this story.
Animal cruelty is not acceptable. It is barbaric and illegal. A section of the Guardia Civil called Seprona is solely responsible for matters of the environment. They have a very wide brief and part of this is animal welfare. I received a phone call from the vet in Roldan asking if I could take a 3 month old puppy who had been taken to him by a lady who cared for someone. He had a litter of puppies and thought it was acceptable to cut their tails off with scissors and also mutilate their ears. Lucas escaped the torture with his ears, but his tail was hacked off, leaving him with a horrific injury and severe bleeding. I am sick to my stomach writing this.
Lucas required a lot of attention from the vet, but he is recovering well. The stitches have been taken out of his tail and he has been microchipped and vaccinated. We still have to take good care of his tail until it is healed. I just hope with the proper care and attention he deserves, he will forget the first 3 months of his life. I have just secured a home for him in the UK. Thank you Jane I know he will have a fantastic life with you.
On a more positive note, the donkeys are loving their new home at La Paca. It certainly was a change of environment for them as they have already experienced some truly diverse weather conditions, including snow.
They are growing their winter coats and have got blankets to keep out the Arctic blast. With lots of lovely straw and a shelter, they like to huddle together and are very content. I can’t wait for the day we can open our gates to the public. We have our fit, strong donkeys at La Paca, but our old and ailing girls and boys are still with me and the mummas and their babies. Kate & Noella and Gracie & Holly are doing just great. The crèche is filling up nicely! Hopefully, that is it for now with surprise births, but when you take on a female rescue there is always a risk of a surprise.
I want to give a shout to the wonderful staff and vets at San Vincente animal hospital in Alicante. You once again performed miracles with our little Holly. Thank you.
A couple of other shout outs for those that have helped our charity in different ways:
Wendy Peacock for organising our online auction.
Sue and Helen for making some dog beds for us and super quickly.
The transportation of blankets from England by Mo Nast.
You are all superstars! Thank you.
Subject to restrictions, Kevin or myself have resumed our collection point on Camposol B, Car Park every Monday morning 11.30am-1.30pm. We are very much looking forward to catching up with you and receiving any donations. We can collect larger items with prior arrangement, otherwise they can be dropped off at our shops in Roldan or Mazarrón Town, Monday to Friday 10.30am-1.30pm.
Make sure you stay safe and take care.