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JUNE 2015


JUNE 2015

Well, there went June 2015!   Along with 15 complaints received and attended to!  At least it was all at a collected trot, rather than the normal gallop except for the ‘flu sufferers amongst us!

A young donkey from Izinyoka was collected by Carla and Tom.  Poor child, broken leg and unconscious.  But handled well by Carla and not for the last time during the month.

A ‘Complaint’ about a dead horse in somebody’s yard was reported so Stan and Carla went off to see what they could see.   Very little information was obtained by them, and the carcass was removed to a Game Farm.  They, Carla and Stan, on my instructions went and retrieved an ear tip from the carcass at the Game Park that was then sent for AHS testing to Onderstepoort.  Big relief when the results came back as negative for AHS and EEV.  Worth the cost to the Unit to have a defined negative result, rather than ‘chatter’ and suppositions.

A sick Walmer Cartie sent his friend with his cart and donkeys in until he has recovered.  The question was raised on the fb page as to why and we responded  because that was the right thing for the Cartie to do -  send them to us so that they are safe and out of trouble.

The lame donkey brought in from Lusaka, now sound, was returned to his owner which is also the right thing to do.

Another young donkey that had collapsed in Motherwell was collected and taken to the Vet who diagnosed Botulism!    OMW!!  Poor child, now at peace.  Also the right thing to do.  Followed shortly after their return by another call from the same area about another donkey that the owner felt was too old and weak to work and blind in one eye and to please come fetch.  Eli as he is now known is living out his old age in a place of comfort and care and responding well.

I find it remarkable always, that our township equine owners are really in touch with their animals and are quick to phone and request help, whatever shape that help might be.

On returning a now happy donkey brought in for colic from Nobuhle to his home, the opportunity was taken to replace a number of harnesses that had been ordered by the Carties in that area.  It all helps with fuel costs.

A recumbent, still horse in a camp was reported to the owner who was not aware of it at the time.

The second of a series of three Thoroughbred horse races, runners from Transkei, was wonderful to watch.   Everybody has settled down to their tasks and when we visited the Visitors Boxes, all was abuzz with pre-race preparations and excitement.   Like us, the horse owners are proud of their animals and go to any lengths to ‘show off’, including an unusual cut mane!   Well done, guys!  It was good to see your horses perform and well too!

A traumatised lady that had found a dog that had been hit by a vehicle in the early evening and that was lying on the side of the road was referred to AWS’s  Inspector Hannes who was happy to oblige and collected the animal pronto even though it was way after hours.

We were able to collect Saaiman from Kwanobuhle in response to a complaint received, and he will be with us for a while, until Stan has sorted out his hooves.

We were so pleased to receive a generous donation from the Sardinia Bay Horse Riders Association.  The money had been paid over to Feed and Seed in Mount Pleasant, to be used by the Unit for cubes and fodder.   So, THANK YOU to the Committee and Members of the SBHRA!

A number of harnesses were replaced at the Grahamstown Donkey Clinic, bridles and bits too.  The old harnesses are brought home and destroyed and scavenging of re-usables is also done.   Orders for new harnessing taken for delivery on the next visit.

2 Complaints received within minutes of each other meant advising Moses where his donkeys were so he could collect them.  He followed up a little later with a Thank You, Ma’am!  His, and our thanks, passed onto the two ladies involved.

On her weekend on duty, Carla was faced with a huge problem.  However, accompanied by Grant, they were able to find their way to the dead donkey and load him up – he had been gelded and not by a Vet either!!  Blood loss had led to his demise.   The problem here is that nobody ever knows who the bad person was who did this, and even if they did, they would be taking their lives into their own hands as an impimpi and that could lead to ‘deadly punishment’ to the impimpi  - caught between a rock and a hard place.  If however, the perpetrator is ever identified, we would be able to open a Case against them/him/her, accompanied by photographs.   Well done, Carla and Grant, for getting the job done under very stressful circumstances.

Our Friend, Rich, who often brings himself into the Unit, made a point of bringing Arthur and Rusty with him!   We could hear him hollering miles away on his way down the road, announcing his imminent arrival to ‘his’ girls!  Only to be followed by another two donkeys attracted by the hullabalooo.

Aside from a monkey complaint, that was referred to Arnold, we received a call from a man wanting some straw for his Koi Pond that apparently has a fungus!

We adopted out Pep Talk this month, and he has been replaced by Canwaltztoo, All Talk, Restraint and Strike Twice, now available for adoption.

In the cold light of day, I feel I should say that while Facebook is a most useful tool to keep you updated daily on our activities it also can be problematical.  So, while we are all guaranteed the right by the South African Constitution to ‘freedom of expression’,  I find it bizarre that the users feel because they are surrounded by walls and have a keyboard that they can write some of the things they do and that they are ‘protected’.  On our side, our Investigations are Confidential and are all about finding out the facts of both sides of the story, and many times there are more than 2 sides, keeping ourselves neutral, unbiased and fair and non-judgmental.

Now to the downward slide to December – hopefully with brakes and steering wheel intact.


Comprehensive Wealth – cash in bank after their Civvies Day

Gavin Lerena - cash in bank – after winning his races and setting aside R500 per win for all three Units

AWS – Panacur dewormers

Bea – tack

St Saviours Soup Kitchen – veg peelings

Gustav – bales of grass mix

Anne via 9th Avenue Clinic – bread

Marie Claire – Horse Groomer

Robyn - lucerne and bread and cubes.

Yvonne - baled lucerne

Val – tack

Jean - tack

Surprise Birthday Spoilings:  MegM, SamS, Carla, SallyB, Marie Claire, Tom, Alfred, Stanley, Teedles

Banking Details:Bank:  Standard Bank    Universal Branch Code:  051001
Account: Eastern Cape Horse Care Unit (all donated monies are used by us in the Metro and beyond!)
Account Number: 080733875
Landline:  041 366 1594
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