Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary aids Romanian rescue

Sidmouth animal charity aids in rescue of ill-treated Romanian donkey

SIDMOUTH’s International Donkey Sanctuary has saved a Romanian donkey from a life of cruelty and neglect.

Intervention from the international animal welfare charity has saved Romika, a 13-year-old donkey from Costanza, from his suffering, writes Greg Carter.

It was made aware of its plight by a member of the local community, who reported the stallion was frail with visible flesh wounds and overly long feet.

Sara Turetta, president of Save the Dogs and Other Animals, which was also involved in the rescue, and is a partner charity to the Donkey Sanctuary said: “Romika was clearly distressed when the team arrived.

“He was tied with a short chain in a small yard, had no access to food or water and was very skinny and weak.”

Andrew Judge, Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary’s European operations manager, said: “Luckily for Romika, the owner relinquished him to the Donkey Sanctuary, and he is now guaranteed a sanctuary from suffering at the charity’s holding base in Cernavoda.”