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The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary has announced that their much loved Jack Donkey ‘Dusty’ passed away on Sunday having finally given up his struggle with severe arthritis, which had plagued him for a number of years.

Dusty had been on a maximum dose of painkiller for a long time; he had reached the point where he could barely move his legs and on Sunday he was initially lying down in his stable. His heart rate was extremely fast and although staff managed to get him to his feet, he was clearly in severe pain.

It was decided between the Sanctuary and a local vet that Dusty should be put to sleep to end his suffering.

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Dusty was unusual in that he was born at the Sanctuary, in the early days of the Sanctuary’s existence. His mother Amanda came to the Sanctuary in foal, but after Dusty was born she rejected him. He had to be bottle-fed and with a lot of human care and special attention from Colin Powell, the recently retired maintenance man, Dusty made his way in the world.

A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary has said:

“We have had too many tears at the Sanctuary in the first five months of this year, and we have lost some of our old friends. It feels like this bad run will never end, but it is easy to forget there are 95 donkeys out in the paddocks, running around in the sun, many with particular needs, and some who develop unseen and unexpected problems.

“Only this week Scooby developed a large abscess which was successfully drained but revealed a weak pedal bone. Polar Bear and Jimbob have both needed a course of antibiotics, whilst Naomi is to have an eye operation today. In and amongst these four, the long list of regular medicines and special feeds continues unabated”.

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Martin W

Please keep supporting this wonderful cause.
These lovely animals are treated so kindly, many for the first time in their lives, and always hard to end their lives when such sadly becomes necessary.

Bob Frapples

Dusty by name Dusty by nature


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