Richard explained the treatment she had:
“Their investigations suggested that the cause of the pain was a spasming of her urethra which was preventing her from emptying her bladder. A catheter was placed to allow her to urinate freely and she was monitored carefully over the next few days. Once the catheter was removed and it was clear that the foal could urinate normally, they were allowed to return to our sanctuary.
“This has been a scary start to life for Fuzzy’s foal but there shouldn’t be any long-term damage and she should go on to be a strong healthy foal.”
To celebrate the foal’s survival, and as a way of saying thank you to our supporters, we invited the public to suggest names for the little one, who has the protection of our Sanctuary for the rest of her life. The public named the filly, Teyah meaning ‘precious’ and ‘caring’.
Since the coronavirus crisis, we have seen a significant reduction in our income. Our special appeal has raised £22,000 so far but equines are costly animals to care for, especially in complex cases like this.
Sarah Jane Williamson, our Chief Executive, said:
“Reaching our 1000th rescue is a stark reminder of the specialist care we must still provide. Our work to rescue, rehabilitate and retrain horses and ponies who have experienced neglect and abuse has changed considerably in recent years, with the rise in the intake of groups of horses and ponies from difficult and complex rescue situations, often in collaboration with other charities.
“We knew complications were more likely with our recent foals, as all their mothers were rescued from a case where the owner was prosecuted for causing unnecessary suffering to animals.
“Fuzzy Bear’s foal is doing well now, but only thanks to the lifesaving treatment she received in our care and with the help of the veterinary teams.”