Spain: Further Update 04/11/09 – Donkey Charity (Uk / Spain) Now Plans Full Legal Action Against Donkey Abusing Sick in the Head Thugs








04 November 2009, 2.30pm  News release issued by El Refugio Del Burrito’s Press Office

donkey tortured

A donkey has been brutally murdered by teenagers in the village of Torreorgaz in the Spanish region of Extremadura.  The news has shocked the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary and its Spanish counterpart now plans to take full legal action against the culprits.

El Refugio del Burrito, based in Fuente de Piedra is a Spanish registered charity, and part of the UK-based Donkey Sanctuary, dedicated to the care and protection of donkeys and mules.  

Staff at the refuge were devastated to hear how a 20-year old female donkey died in the early hours of Saturday 31st October after being repeatedly kicked, and more disturbingly for having objects inserted into its bodily orifices causing great internal damage, which then led to a fatal heart attack.

Ivan Salvia, General Manager at El Refugio Del Burrito says: “This cruel act is incomprehensible and we hope to find justice for the poor donkey concerned.  The owner is just as devastated as we are.”

El Refugio del Burrito now plans to lodge an official condemnation to the local government of Extremadura to start the legal proceedings.  The charity also hopes to gather support from the general public to campaign for animal protection laws to be fully enforced in future.

To support El Refugio del Burrito in their campaign, please visit



·      The Donkey Sanctuary aims to protect donkeys and mules and promote their welfare worldwide.  The charity was founded by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, MBE in 1969 and has taken into its care over 13,600 donkeys in the UK, Ireland and other parts of Europe.  It currently works in 18 countries around the world, including the Sanctuary’s core overseas projects in Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Kenya and Mexico – bringing veterinary assistance to thousands of working donkeys.   The charity relies entirely on donations to continue its vital work worldwide.  For further information telephone: 01395 578222 or visit:

·       The Donkey Sanctuary has a connected charity, The Elisabeth Svendsen Trust for Children and Donkeys, where fit and healthy donkeys provide riding therapy to children with special needs at purpose built centres located throughout the country.  For further information visit:

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