Neglected donkey with overgrown hooves could barely walk

Had 27 inches of curled hooves trimmed

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. - A neglected donkey can walk again without pain, after being surrendered to the Longhopes Donkey Shelter.

A concerned citizen called Adams County Animal Control back in February and officers found the donkey's hooves were so overgrown they were curled like horns at the end of each foot.

"Donkeys need hoof trimming every 3 months and this donkey was denied all hoof care for over 10 years," according to Kathy Dean with the shelter in Bennet. "The result was hooves that were 27 inches too long."

"When the donkey arrived at Longhopes it could not take a step without its curled hooves cutting into its legs," Dean said.

Experienced staff members used an electric saw to cut through the donkey's overgrown hooves.

Within two hours, and without sedation or restraint, the donkey was on the road to recovery, Dean said.

The 15-year-old donkey, now named Sully, is learning to walk again, gaining weight and integrating into the herd at Longhopes, Dean said.

Longhopes has rescued and rehabilitated over 700 donkeys, according to Dean.

If you would like to learn more, Longhopes is holding their annual open house on June 14.

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