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Update posted by Hellenic Society for Equine Welfare On Nov 13, 2020

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! We are so grateful for all of your kind support!

We have been trying to do our very best under these adverse circumstances that our world is going through with the threat of COVID-19 to manage only with the horses we have been looking after so far. However it is impossible for us to turn a blind eye to extreme cases of abuse and neglect where the animal's actual survival is in question. We also cannot pick the time that these incidents happen (we wish they never did!) and such is life that everything happens at the same time. So in the past month and a half we have had to intervene in two such instances of abuse and neglect where we had to bring the animals to our premises and under our care. We truly need your help and support now more than ever as we are nearing the end of our resources.

Our first incident happened at the beginning of October.


Kalissi, an 11-year-old mare and a former racehorse was found in a district not far from the centre of Athens, being kept in a tiny enclosure. She was clearly emaciated, covered with wounds on her frail body and devoid of any care. Kalissi was discovered by a local resident whose persistence actually landed them in jail overnight (without adequate reason) but who also managed to push the authorities to act as they should in order to save the animal. Fortunately, we were able to help process the legalities swiftly so that we could remove her from her owner and bring her to our premises for the much-needed treatment and care she needed.


Our vet diagnosed lymphangitis in her hind leg and our dentist was able to ll the sharp ends of her teeth so that she could eat. Within days there was a notable improvement in her nutritional state. We followed up with the trimming of her hooves and treated her wounds. We hope that very soon she will be able to stay out with our other animals and have a much more healthy, happy and sheltered life.


Our second incident concerned Ioli.

Ioli was first discovered near Kalamata in the Peloponese this past July when we were notified by a local passerby. A very unfortunate animal that had to suffer for too long due to the apathy of her owner and the relative public services. A small mare who, due to the absolute disregard of her needs, was found emaciated with her bones protruding everywhere, she was clearly dehydrated and unable to get up by herself, her body was covered in wounds from having to lay on the ground due to the tethering of her legs.

After what seemed to take forever, we finally managed to bring her to our shelter towards the end of October. Further to our vets' examination we administered the proper medication straight away and arranged for her teeth to be fixed by our dentist so that she could eat properly. Shortly afterwards we had her hooves trimmed straight away to relieve some of the stress in her pained legs. She suffers from chronic laminitis in her right hind leg which unfortunately will take a long time to heal if she's lucky and actually recovers. We estimate that she is about 20 years old.

She has already started gaining a few pounds of weight and most of her superficial wounds have healed, so she's looking better already. She is certainly much more comfortable and as her treatment continues she will be safe in our care with what we hope will be a hopeful future ahead of her .

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