Peaches and another donkey, a 6 month old foal, were taken into emergency protective custody by animal control in April. There was also a third donkey on the property that was kept in the same trash-filled, 15 ft round pen as these two, but sadly this other donkey died on site. Unfortunately Peanut, the foal, did not make it either. She was very thin, hardly more than hair and bones, and could not even stand up on her own when she arrived at the rescue. Her body was unable to overcome the effects of her starvation.
Considering the circumstances, Peaches has been doing well. She was underweight and was also extremely dehydrated when she was taken into custody. We implemented a very stringent and cautious feeding program and have been keeping an eye on her throughout the day. We have also been in close contact with our amazing veterinarians, who were incredibly responsive to the needs of both Peaches and Peanut in the weeks after their arrival at H.O.P.E. Peaches was hardly handled at all so we have been quietly gaining her trust while making sure that all of her medical needs are met. She is still shy and wary of being caught.
A concerned citizen reached out to H.O.P.E. about these donkeys, and we were in communication with animal control prior to their seizure to ensure that wellness checks were made and emergency action was taken. We are truly grateful for our relationship with the county and their commitment to ensuring the animals in our community are in good hands and receiving quality care.
Peaches in July, 2021.
Peaches in July, 2021
Peaches in April, 2021.
Peaches being examined by our vet.
Peaches' hooves in April, 2021.
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