Two weeks ago the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre (EHCRC) Foundation based in Rojales were involved in a major, much publicised rescue of 14 horses from a horse dealers premises in Callosa De Segura.
And it never stopped there. The following night they were called back by two officers from a division of Callosa Policia Local called U.R.M.A. (Unidad Rural y Medio Ambiente). These two officers are serious about animal welfare and are similar to the Guardia Civil Seprona division, responsible for animal welfare and the environment. Someone had sneaked into the abandoned premises and tied a malnourished horse to a tree using a piece of string.
One day later and another call from U.R.M.A. to rescue a mule abandoned in a small concrete box sized pen located in a crumbling abandoned factory unit also in Callosa.
The next rescue though was tinged with sadness and disbelief.
On Wednesday March 19th Sue and Rod Weeding, co founders of the EHCRC received three telephone call asking for assistance from officers of the Guardia Civil Seprona Division Orihuela and the Guardia Civil from Alicante and also Torrevieja about the plight of a horse in what can only be described as a walled yard with derelict buildings inside.
The police had been alerted by a concerned member of the public.
Sue and Rod raced to the premises to be met by the Guardia Civil Seprona officers, They were confronted with the sight of a young horse close to death lying prostrate on the ground he was obviously severely malnourished and dehydrated.
They immediately administered some water and made him as comfortable as possible until Dorothea their vet and other members of the EHCRC team could get there.
Explains Sue, " Sadly when Dorothea arrived and after examining him she confirmed our worst fears that he was beyond further help. The attending police officers gave Dorothea permission to put him to sleep.
Further investigation revealed the other equines being kept there, two horses, two ponies a donkey and a mule. One of the horses is in desperate need of help and we are on standby to get it out when the police call us.
The other five equines there are in reasonable condition and we have been advised that they all have different owners. The Guardia Civil Seprona are actively trying to trace these owners and also the proprietor of the premises, all believed to be gypsies, to find a solution for these creatures and to get the installation closed down once and for all. This is not the first time we have been called to this place as we rescued two horses and two donkeys from there three and a half years ago.
We are finding now that there is a huge advancement in animal welfare with the police and we have been called out to and worked on several cases with officers from many towns and villages on the Costa Blanca even as far away as Benidorm.
It is important that the EHCRC Foundation continues to grow and find a way to fund the ever increasing amount of animals that need our help and continue to give the police the support they need in fighting animal cruelty.
" concludes Sue.
The EHCRC would welcome any donations or sponsorship to support the work that they are doing. If you are a bar owner or business that wants to hold a charity event to support the Rescue Centre please get in touch with Sue Weeding on 652 021 980 or email David East, PR volunteer on firstname.lastname@example.org
The EHCRC will ensure that your event receives the maximum press and radio publicity plus coverage on their Face book site prior to and after the event.
Every single cent donated to the EHCRC charity or spent in any one of their five charity shops located in La Zenia, Los Montesinos, La Siesta, Ciudad Quesada or Guardamar goes towards the upkeep and care of the horses, donkeys and ponies in their care.
Large items such as furniture that is donated can be collected from your house and likewise delivered after purchase from their charity shops. Contact the charity shop hotline on 636 062 000 for this service and also if you would like to become a volunteer and work for a few hours or days in any of the shops including the new one due to open on La Marina Urb. in a couple of weeks.
Why not visit the centre on their open days every Sunday between 1 pm and 4 pm where refreshments and tasty food are available in the garden café. Entrance is free. The first horse tour commences at 2 pm where you can get close to, and meet the residents and see first hand where your money is spent.
For more details about the EHCRC and directions to the centre just outside Rojales visit www.easyhorsecare.net