Malnourished donkey seized by San Javier police in animal neglect case

MALNOURISHED: Christiana is now being cared for at the Rescue Centre in Rojales.

A MALNOURISHED and neglected donkey was cut from a tiny, wire enclosure and seized in a joint rescue operation by San Javier police and the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre.
Police contacted the rescue centre in Rojales for help after obtaining a court order to seize the donkey from its owners.
Rescue centre co-founder Rod Weeding met four police officers at the site with two medical officers also on standby in case of violent opposition from the donkey’s owners. Fortunately, the donkey was safely removed without incident.
Sue Weeding said the 12-year-old donkey, which has been named Christiana, is very malnourished, riddled with parasites, suffering an eye infection and can barely walk due to painfully overgrown hooves. She may also be in foal. A specialist veterinarian team at the rescue centre in Rojales is now caring for Christiana.
“Once again, the police are taking animal welfare really seriously and they deserve to be commended for their efforts,” Sue said: “Yet again, the police thanked us and said without us they wouldn’t be able to do this. We expect they’ll be in touch again soon because they know of four more ponies in the area that they want to get out.”
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre relies solely on donations to fund its animal welfare work and to cover the cost of feeding and caring for more than 90 horses, ponies and donkeys currently at the centre.
As part of its fundraising efforts, volunteers are needed to help in the Rescue Centre’s charity shops and if you feel you would like to volunteer or help raise funds in any way call Sue on 652 021 980.
The centre also accepts donations to stock its eight charity shops. Large donated items such as furniture can be collected from your house and each shop also offers a delivery service for large items purchased from the charity stores.
The rescue centre, located just outside Rojales at Partido Lo Garriga 59, opens to the public on the first Sunday of every month from 1pm to 4pm. For more details and directions, please visit

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