Donkey Was Dying Of Exhaustion — Until Over 12,000 People Spoke Up For Him

Now he spends his days relaxing in the sun.

At the beginning of March, a donkey pulling a cart collapsed in the streets of Segorbe, Spain, near Valence. The police, who decided to open an investigation into the incident, went to the home of the owner and rapidly realized that he didn’t care for the well-being of his animals in the slightest.

El Refugio del Burrito

On site, they discovered in addition to the donkey, there was also a severely neglected dog. Both animals were taken into custody. The dog has since been handed over to an animal protection organization, but the donkey was sadly given back to his owner. An anonymous resident, who found the situation unfair and disgusting, contacted the sanctuary, El Refugio Del Burrito, (“The Donkey Sanctuary” in English), a Spanish association specialized in rescuing donkeys and mules.

El Refugio del Burrito

Determined to save the animal, El Refugio del Burrito sent a formal demand asking to come collect the animal to the local government, but they didn’t receive a response. Not seeing any reaction from authorities, the association decided to launch a petition on the site