Louth SPCA - Petting Farm Rescue

On the 1st June 2018, Louth Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals overseen the removal of over 100 animals from a petting farm in County Louth. 

Many animals were in need of removal from the premises, including Shetland Ponies, Donkeys, a Turkey, Ducks, Peacocks, Quail, Zebra Finches, Budgies, Java Sparrows, Wrens, Lovebirds, Diamond Doves and other assorted doves and poultry.

Thankfully, due to the hard work of Louth SPCA, most of these animals have found safe places in which they can embark on their road to recovery. Some animals remain at the property and will need continued care at the location until foster or permanent homes can be found.

Many of these animals are suffering from malnutrition, dehydration and heavy parasite burdens. The water provided to these animals was unsuitable for drinking, for example the water in the Budgie enclosure had a dead and decomposing chick laying in it. Some animals are showing signs of neurological conditions which will require extensive vet care to diagnose and treat, where possible. Dead mice lay in the animal enclosures where poison had been placed, introducing parasites and the risk of secondary poisoning to the other animals.

The road to recovery will be a long trek, for both the animals involved and their carers. Funding is desperately required to provide care to these animals, especially for those who need urgent veterinary attention.

Sadly, this Snowy Owl is exhibiting neurological symptoms that suggest she may have received major head trauma, or consumed a poisoned mouse.

Some of the birds were rearing chicks in nests which contained mice which had been poisoned.

The drinking and bathing water available to the budgies contained a dead, and decomposing, young budgie chick.

Mice were found dead in the wire separating the animal enclosures.

Other enclosures contained mice which had consumed the poison placed within the cages.

Even some very young animals needed help, these baby budgies are only a couple of weeks old.

Fresh water was needed for the animals, as some were desperately struggling with the heat.

The ponies were very glad to see some running water on this warm day.

In the event that the reciever chooses to pay for the ongoing and lifelong care for these animals (as it is likely that some will never be suitable for rehoming), or that the funds raised exceed the amount required, the donations will go towards the care of other animals in the care of Louth SPCA.

Louth Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a Registered Charity in Ireland (CHY 12479), which has been helping the animals of Louth and beyond for more than 50 years.

If you would prefer to donate items directly to Louth SPCA, please use the Pet Connection Wish List.

This campaign has been organised by staff from Pet Connection, Newry, who helped Louth SPCA with the rescue of these animals and try to support Louth SPCA in any way we can. To maintain the greatest level of transparency around the funds they will be withdrawn through Pet Connection's business account and given to Louth SPCA through a bank transfer, as Louth SPCA do not have a UK bank account.
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    • £20 
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    • £20 
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    • £5 
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    • £25 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Louth SPCA 
Newry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Roisin Morgan