Posted by: the3rdi | February 17, 2010

BLIND PONY GIVEN SIGHT THANKS TO CHARITY EFFORTS

The Animal Health Trust and Horse Rescue Fund combine forces to give sight to abandoned pony.

An abandoned blind Welsh pony has been given the gift of sight by vets at the Animal Health Trust (AHT).

Morris, a Welsh Section C, was rescued in 2008 by the Horse Rescue Fund after his owner stopped looking after him. On arrival at the Horse Rescue Fund’s base in Suffolk, Morris was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes.

An appeal to raise funds to pay for Morris to have his cataracts removed was launched and by the end of 2009, more than £5,000 had been donated, enabling the pony to have his much needed surgery.

His first eye was operated on in November 2008. The cataract was removed and a synthetic lens placed inside the eye. A year later, members and supporters of the Horse Rescue Fund had raised almost enough money to enable Morris to have his second cataract removed.

Sue Albone, of the Horse Rescue Fund, said: “People have been very generous. We almost raised enough money to give Morris full sight so I contacted the AHT to see if there was anyway they could help.”

Due to the nature of Morris’s case and the fact that the Horse Rescue Fund had raised so much towards the cost of the operation, the Animal Health Trust agreed to cover any additional costs of his treatment using its Deserving Cases Fund.

David Donaldson, Head of Equine Ophthalmology, at the AHT, said: “The Deserving Cases Fund was started by the AHT’s Ophthalmology team and cases like Morris show just how important it is.

“Being able to offer our skills and experience to other animal charities is very rewarding because often the animals they’re looking after are the ones who have been treated badly and so desperately need our help. We’re pleased we’re able to improve their lives.”

Morris came back to the AHT over the Christmas period and had cataract surgery on his second eye. He now has sight in both eyes and is rehabilitating at the Horse Rescue Fund.

Sue Albone, added: “We’re very grateful to the AHT for their help. Morris hasn’t had a great time over the last few years but now he has his sight back he’s reforming into a very cheeky chappy! Without the AHT, he’d still be blind and his future would look very bleak.”

Anyone wishing to make donations to the Horse Rescue Fund for Morris’s continued care or to the AHT’s Deserving Cases Fund can do so at the respective websites http://www.horserescuefund.org.uk or http://www.aht.org.uk

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