Donkeys fall off moving van

2011-09-07 00:00

TWO donkeys found between Rietvlei and Moulin fell out the back of a bakkie while being taken to the Howick pound on Monday.

Sandy Wright was driving along Karkloof Road after fetching her grandson from school when she saw an injured donkey lying in the road near Dovehouse farm.

She stopped her car and saw “it was really badly injured”.

Wright tried to alert passing drivers to avoid an accident while tending to the injured animal.

Ingrid Benson, who was also driving past, stopped to see a “charming little donkey in a pool of blood”. It was “traumatised, shaking and very badly grazed”.

Wright said about 10 km further along the road towards Rietvlei a second donkey had fallen off the back of the bakkie, which had started the journey carrying five donkeys.

The driver apparently realised he had lost two animals when a taxi driver stopped him in Howick and told him, Wright said.

Veterinarian John Alison was called to the scene.

He said the animal was fine with no broken limbs, but had “graze marks” from scraping on the road.

“You can’t put five donkeys on a bakkie. They must sort it out,” he said.

Pound owner Bruce Mattison said he is “well within the legal norms and limits” carrying that number of donkeys on a bakkie and could even carry a sixth.

He said Benson and Wright “have blown it way out of proportion” and when it comes to horses and donkeys people become “very emotional”.

Mattison said that in his 15 years at the pound nothing like this has happened and he vowed to discipline his employee and check the vehicle.

Wright, who now has four of the donkeys on her property, wants to keep them. The fifth is at the pound and will be put in the care of the Horse Care Unit until it is healthy.

Mattison thanked them for the assistance, but said he was legally bound to follow the legal process of auctioning the animals after 30 days.

SPCA’s Dudu Abraham said, “I’ve seen worse” after looking at the donkeys and echoed Mattison’s sentiment that the matter was exaggerated.

“If people all calm down it would be sorted out nicely”.

She said the “transport is the issue” and the vehicle needs to be checked.

Wright is relieved she has the animals in her care, but she and Benson are worried about the safety and compassion with which the animals are handled.

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