Horse refuge staff mourn­ing Dandy

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Michael DeFroand mde­froand@thek­m­

ONE of a horse refuge’s muchloved an­i­mals has died.

Dandy was a pop­u­lar fig­ure at the Horse Refuge in Wit­ter­sham, near Ten­ter­den.

Dandy made the pages of the Ken­tish Ex­press on sev­eral oc­ca­sions when fire­fight­ers had to be called in to help lift him back on his feet af­ter he had col­lapsed.

Refuge owner Sara Ross thanked Kent Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice who re­peat­edly got the be­lea­guered horse back on his feet af­ter he was stricken with a mys­tery ill­ness that caused him to fall over.

But his lat­est fall, just be­fore Christ­mas week, saw the fire ser­vice un­able to get him back on his feet and Dandy was put to sleep.

Ms Ross said: “He was so loved and is sorely missed. We are heart­bro­ken.”

Fire­fight­ers had been called out about 12 times to lift Dandy to his feet, af­ter which Ms Ross tried to raise enough cash to buy a tele­porter, a der­rick to help Dandy and ease the de­mand on the ser­vice.

Mean­while, the Horse Refuge is try­ing to raise £600,000 to stall evic­tion and the pos­si­ble slaugh­ter of many of its horses, af­ter the land­lord was forced to put the land it is lo­cated on up for sale.

X Fac­tor judge Si­mon Cow­ell is among the celebri­ties sup­port­ing the refuge’s ap­peal along with ac­tors Jenny Sea­grove and Martin Shaw and Heather-Louise McCart­ney, daugh­ter of Sir Paul.

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Sara Ross of The Horse Refuge with Dandy

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