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Formerly Abused Donkey Finds Compassion at PETA’s Clinic

The donkeys treated at PETA’s clinic often arrive with injuries that are the result of extreme abuse. Stab wounds are common, infections and lameness develop when hobbles cut into flesh and sever tendons, and one patient was beaten about the head so severely that one of his ears was irreparably damaged and had to be surgically removed.

Among these survivors of cruelty is Buzz, a donkey who arrived at the clinic in tremendous pain. His body was covered with wounds—including a hideously large burn on his shoulder where someone had shocked him with a stun gun.

A clinic staff member gently holds Buzz’s head still. His body is covered with wounds, including a large burn on his shoulder from a stun gun.

Buzz arrived at the clinic in such awful shape that he couldn’t stand without help from the clinic staff.

Buzz must have been electroshocked over and over again. His muscles were damaged so severely that he was unable to stand on his own, and his breathing and pulse were both dangerously erratic. Deprived of nutritious food, he had been left to scavenge through garbage. He ended up eating plastic that wreaked havoc on his digestive system.

The staff at the Petra clinic immediately began treating this long-suffering donkey with painkillers and antibiotics. They administered IV fluids and cleaned and bandaged his wounds. They also repaired his prolapsed rectum, a consequence of the plastic he’d consumed out of hunger and desperation.

In this photo taken during his treatment, you can see how well his wounds are healing—thanks to the clinic staff’s expert care.

In this photo taken during his treatment, you can see how well his wounds are healing—thanks to the clinic staff’s expert care.

It took months of medical treatment, but Buzz eventually made a complete recovery! He’s able to walk on his own again, his heart and breathing issues are resolved, and even the massive burn wound on his shoulder has disappeared.

The staff worked out an agreement with Buzz’s owner to take custody of him. Now, this gentle donkey lives in peace at the clinic. He spends his days in the rehabilitation yard with new patients, to whom he’s surely both a comfort and an inspiration.

Buzz has fully recovered from his injuries, but he may always bear the scars of the abuse that he once endured.

Buzz has fully recovered from his injuries, but he may always bear the scars of the abuse that he once endured.

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