Donkeys’ return to feature in BBC One programme

  • The good news story of how nine stolen donkeys were found by eagle-eyed charity and Horsewatch officers will be told on BBC One’s Animal 24/7 on Tuesday 6 April.

    Eleven donkeys were stolen from a field in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, overnight on 18-19 September last year.

    The donkeys’ photos were distributed across the country by Horsewatch and in February World Horse Welfare field officer Nick White found one in a group of donkeys in Hertfordshire.

    A few days Hertfordshire police’s equine liaison officer Karen Broad said she was called to some dumped donkeys in Watford and realised eight of them were the stolen animals.

    Producers from the BBC series spent four days filming with the donkeys and their rescuers.

    Helen Evans of Thames Valley Horsewatch, who was involved in the recovery, said: “It was quite an experience being filmed for the show and quite a slow process. I’m looking forward to seeing the end result.”

    Two of the donkeys are still missing — Ruby, a chestnut yearling and shaggy-coated filly Jill.

    Anyone who may have information is asked to contact Mrs Evans at helen.evans@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

    • Animal 24/7 goes out at 9.15am each weekday on BBC One.

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