Horse refuge staff mourning Dandy
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.
More information www.thehorserefuge.org
Sara Ross of The Horse Refuge with Dandy