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Rudolph the foal found abandoned in a Christmas tree farm – and rescued just in time for Christmas

A horse charity is appealing for information after a tiny foal was found abandoned in a Christmas tree farm in Norfolk.

The little foal was left to die in a Christmas tree farm

The chestnut colt, which the charity has named Rudolph, was discovered by a member of the public who called in the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare for help.

Rudolph has an injury to his right hind leg and severe ulceration to one eye, both of which were causing him a lot of discomfort.

He’s now safe and warm, and is being looked after by World Horse Welfare.

The charity is trying to locate his owner.

World Horse Welfare Field Officer, Jacko Jackson visited Rudolph when he was found. He said: “This is sadly not an unusual case of a horse being dumped and left to fend for himself. Thankfully Rudolph was discovered and he’s now in a safe place receiving the treatment he so desperately needed for his injuries.

“Rudolph has no microchip so we have no way of identifying his owner. If anyone has any information about Rudolph or recognises him we urge them to get in touch with either World Horse Welfare or the RSPCA.
“It’s fortunate the weather has been so mild recently; otherwise it could have been a very different story. Thankfully Rudolph is now in safe hands. Christmas has come early for this little pony.”

He is being treated for his injuries

RSPCA deputy chief inspector Ben Kirby said: “This poor little foal was in a sorry state – he was found alone in a field and was clearly injured; one of his eyes was badly ulcerated and he had a nasty leg injury. It’s so sad to think somebody could have cruelly left Rudolph like this with such painful injuries, and just before Christmas too.

“He was treated by vets and I am so grateful that World Horse Welfare have taken him in. It’s a relief to know that at least one more horse in need of rescue is now safe in time for Christmas.”

If anyone has any information about Rudolph or recognises him they can report it in confidence to World Horse Welfare on 08000 480 180 or the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

Article taken from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/12064426/Rudolph-the-foal-found-abandoned-in-a-Christmas-tree-farm.html

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Happy Tail: Increase in healthy animals released into wild

The SSPCA have reported an 18% increase in the number of creatures they have taken in and successfully managed to release back into the wild. The charity – which this year celebrates an incredible 175th anniversary – investigates cases of cruelty, teaches children about animal welfare and takes in sick or injured animals up and down Scotland.

In 2013, a total of 2,795 animals taken in by the charity were successfully re-released, while they also report public awareness of their role increasing from 75% to 90%. It’s fantastic to hear not only that they are reporting more successes with release and rehabilitation of injured critters, but also that more and more people are becoming aware of just what it is they actually do.

Congratulations to the SSPCA. Here’s to another 175 years of continuing your incredible work.

To report a sick or injured animal or bird in Scotland, please call the SSPCA’s 24 hour welfare line on 03000 999 999.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/number-of-healthy-animals-being-released-on-the-increase-1-3441330