We were recently contacted by Trading Standards, who asked if we could take in a group of ten Jersey cows with a calf, and seven horses, including a stallion and a foal, whose owner could no longer cope.
Many of the animals were found in an emaciated condition after their original owner had died. Her daughter had tried to take on their care, but had found it all too much and the condition of the animals had deteriorated to the point where the Authorities had to step in.
The owner, who meant well, turned down the option to sell the cows for slaughter and instead asked for them to go to a sanctuary.
Despite our concerns about the coming winter weather and rising hay prices, we were pleased to be able to offer these animals a home. After they arrived, the Trading Standards' officer told us he had slept better that night knowing that the animals were now safe.
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