Skeletal mare seized from Valencia property sadly dies two days after rescue
In a heartbreaking turn of events, a pregnant mare rescued from terrible conditions in Valencia last week has died, despite the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre’s best efforts to save her.
Centre co-founders Sue and Rod Weeding were contacted last month by a resident concerned about the horse’s skeletal state, and immediately encouraged the woman to report the matter to the police so the centre could act.
After a coordinated effort between the Valencia and Guardamar branches of Spain’s animal welfare unit, Seprona, Rod was officially given permission to seize the horse.
He rushed the 150 kilometres from Alicante to Rotglà y Corberà on October 23 in a bid to save her, as well as a malnourished donkey also found on the property.
“The mare had been left to forage rubbish on a piece of wasteland. She was absolutely skeletal and very weak but she survived the trip, a long three-hour drive,” Sue said.
A veterinary inspection back at the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales revealed the mare was also three months’ pregnant and suffering a degenerative condition causing her back pasterns to collapse.
“Two days later, she lay down and couldn’t get up, she was just too week. We tried everything we could for her but sadly she passed away with the stress of it all. It’s just heartbreaking,” Sue said.
“The mare was called Betty, and that’s not a Spanish name, so we suspect she was given to the Valencian man by some English people who were moving back home. Unfortunately we’ve come across this quite a lot in the past, English people who don’t want to live in Spain anymore just giving away their donkeys and horses to unscrupulous people.”
The rescue centre has now completed a veterinary report at the request of Seprona officials, who are pushing to prosecute the Spanish owner.
Further negotiations are underway to attempt to rescue a second donkey, which remains on the Valencia property.
The rescue was the first completed using the centre’s new trailer, purchased using donated funds after the old trailer suddenly broke down earlier this year. Sue and Rod thanked all who donated to trailer fund.
“The positive side to this is that we can see our work is starting to have an impact across Spain. People are going to the police and the police are acting, even connecting with our local officers to allow us to legally get involved. That’s a hell of an achievement,” Sue said.
She urged anyone who sees an animal in distress to immediately report the matter to police.
“Most of these officers don’t want to look the other way, they want to go in and help these animals but they have to have somewhere to home them. That’s why our work is so important,” she said.
“But it is still mainly Rod and I who are doing everything – the rescues, managing our eight charity stores, and doing the feeds and medications for 97 horses, ponies and donkeys, every morning and every night. It is a huge undertaking and we desperately need more help.”
Anyone interested in making a donation, becoming a long-term sponsor, or volunteering at the rescue centre or in the charity shops can call Sue on 652 021 980.
Donations of furniture and bric-a-brac to stock the charity shops are also gratefully received. A pick-up service is available to collect large donated items such as furniture and each shop also offers a delivery service for large items purchased in-store.
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre, located just outside Rojales at Partido Lo Garriga 59, opens to the public on the first Sunday of every month from 1pm to 4pm. Free horse tours run throughout the afternoon and refreshments are available in the café.
For more details and directions, please visit www.easyhorsecare.net.