Beautiful donkey Puica was found abandoned in a field about 37 miles from Bucharest, Romania. She was unable to stand, lying alone on the ground and left in pain. A kind member of the public reported her to our partner organization, ARCA, asking for help.
The team was able to rush to the scene and assess the situation. They give onsite x-rays which revealed the poor donkey had a fractured hind leg! The leg was splinted and bandaged for transport and she was given pain medication.
Over the following days, the donkey, now named Puica, was provided with a proper diet, a quiet space to rest and plenty of TLC. Her x-rays were sent to several equine orthopedic specialists in the country and abroad, to find the best realistic solution to her injury. The best option? Surgery to properly support the fracture with an orthopedic plate to immobilize the leg and a protective cast for it to heal.
Surgery was a success! Now, sweet Puica is under intensive recovery. She is in the best of hands with our specialized team and will receive everything she needs to heal.
Over the following days, her x-rays were sent to several equine orthopaedic specialists in the country and abroad, to find the best realistic solution to operating the fracture. When the best option was found, she underwent surgery and it was a success! An orthopaedic plate was put in place to immobilise the fracture and another protective cast was placed on the leg to allow healing.
Now, sweet Puica is under intensive recovery but for such severe injuries, the road to recovery is long. She is in the best of hands with our specialist team and will receive everything she needs to heal.
Our work for horses in Romania
FOUR PAWS works together with ARCA (Animal Rescue and Care Association) in Romania to help horses in different ways:
We provided working horses with veterinary care, dental treatments, and farriery (hoof care), and talked to the owners about appropriate living conditions.
In cooperation with the Romanian authorities, we are committed to help horses with our birth control programme.
In November 2019, the heartbreaking news broke that a cargo ship carrying over 14,000 sheep overturned. The crew was safely evacuated, but thousands of sheep died. Our partner ARCA was able to go on board the vessel to save as many sheep as possible. Read the story of sheep trapped inside a capsized ship.