Last April, a neighbor from the town of Felix (Almería, Spain) alerted the Civil Guard of the existence of a rural house where 2 donkeys -an elderly female and a young male- were in a state of neglect for several months.
When members of the Civil Guard arrived for an inspection to the place, they found a horrific scene. There was the dead body of one of the donkeys and the other, tied to his side, was famished, just about to suffer the same fate. It was impossible to know how long they had been in that situation. The animals did not have any food and water. They were just abandoned to die.
The Civil Guard agents immediately seized the donkey that was alive and requested the help of Refugio del Burrito to take care and recover him.
The Court of Almeria has sentenced the owner with six-month of prison for animal mistreatment. The accused, who is already in the penitentiary of El Acebuche, acknowledged the facts and even accepted the indictment of the prosecution. He has been also forbidden the ownership of any animal for three years.
Fenix, the only survivor
The surviving donkey to such horror was given for his recovery to Refugio del Burrito, who immediately provided veterinary and nutritional care. We had to look for a temporary residence nearby because he was such in a poor state that he could not travel.
Fenix (Phoenix), the name they decided for the donkey after "having risen from the ashes", is currently recovering in a foster home and looking for being adopted in a forever home where he could forget his previous life of abandonment and lack of attention. His state of health has improved a lot and he is an affable, affectionate and very grateful donkey.
We can only continue to rescue and care for donkeys with your help, so please continue to support the work of El Refugio del Burrito, as together, we can make a big difference.