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29 July 2015 by Redwings Press Office

Whitney’s miraculous recovery

Severely neglected skewbald mare “is unrecognisable” having fought her way back to full strength.

In January 2015, our welfare team received a call from a concerned member of the public about a horse that was very underweight and suffering from diarrhoea. That same day, our Senior Field Officer Julie Harding attended the field in Ipswich where she found Whitney (as she is now known by the Sanctuary) in a very upsetting state, extremely emaciated and in need of immediate veterinary attention.

While with Whitney, Julie also identified another mare of concern – a six-year-old 14hh piebald cob now called Maggie – who too was very underweight and showing signs of diarrhoea. With support from the RSPCA and on veterinary advice the two horses were seized and brought to the Sanctuary to receive emergency veterinary care and treatment.

As well as being woefully neglected – resulting in a body condition score of 0.5 out of 5 and untreated worms, lice and the skin condition rainscald – it was soon identified that Whitney was suffering from salmonella. The three-year-old 13hh mare was so weak as a result of her suffering that for the first month in our care she required the aid of our Anderson Sling to stand.

“She simply had no strength to stand or move”, explains Welfare Veterinary Surgeon Nicola Berryman. “Her legs would tremble beneath her own weight, meaning she was at constant risk of collapse and therefore needing the support of the sling and 24-hour care.”

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22 July 2015 by Redwings Press Office

Twiglet will never go hungry again

A man from Harlow, Essex, pleaded guilty to offences under the Animal Welfare Act relating to the neglect of the pregnant mare.

On Monday 20th July 2015, an 18-year-old man admitted neglecting the piebald cob cross by failing to address her weight loss and poor body condition, not providing veterinary care for treatment of wounds on her back and not providing basic care such as a suitable environment, fresh drinking water or maintaining her hooves.

Subsequently, he was disqualified from keeping horses for five years, given a 12 month community order involving 180 hours unpaid work, and made to pay £1,200 in costs.

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15 July 2015 by Redwings Press Office

Restitution for Roughtor: Bodmin Moor Commons Council approved

We are delighted at the Government’s announcement yesterday that they will be ordering the formation of a new Bodmin Moor Commons Council.

Redwings and a number of other organisations took part in the consultation, which ran in April this year, regarding a Bodmin Moor Commons Council Establishment Order, and on 14th July the Government website was updated to say:

“The Secretary of State is satisfied that substantial support has been shown for the making of the Order; accordingly she will make the Order.”

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01 July 2015 by Redwings Press Office

Crumpet's amazing journey from rescue to rosettes!

The horrors of Crumpet’s previous life are a distant memory as she finds a loving new home through our rehoming programme.

In 2011, we helped rescue Crumpet and 65 other horses, ponies and donkeys from a farm in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The animals had been found in appalling conditions, without food, water or bedding, and were literally starving to death. They were also suffering from worms, overgrown hooves and the highly infectious respiratory disease strangles. Redwings took in 23 of the horses and named them after breakfast items – so they're now known as ‘The Breakfast Club’.

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