Donkeys rescued from banned owner
An animal welfare officer has spoken of his shock at how a Co Tyrone man in Douglas Bridge already serving a 10-year ban from keeping animals was found to have nine donkeys and 30 ponies on his land.
The animals were recently rescued from the Douglas Bridge property in a distressing condition, severely underweight and with painfully overgrown hooves.
The situation came to light after complaints were made to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Allen Andrews, who is the regional welfare officer for Northern Ireland, said the animals were now in the care of the Donkey Sanctuary.