A horsebox belonging to equine charity The Donkey Sanctuary has been stolen from Hemel Hempstead, and staff are appealing for information on its whereabouts. Police are investigating the theft of the Peugeot Equi Trek, which has the registration number YJ17 FLG, and was parked near Gadebridge Park, and stolen overnight between Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November.

The vehicle, with its distinctive Donkey Sanctuary logos and brown and silver paintwork, had its tracker unit removed and discarded less than three miles from where it was taken. The empty vehicle was parked during an overnight stop and was due to collect a pair of donkeys the following day and take them to a holding base used by the charity.

Some of the residents at The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon

The Donkey Sanctuary relies on its horseboxes to move donkeys around the country, as well as rescuing donkeys in greatest need.

Anybody that has information regarding the stolen vehicle is urged to contact Hertfordshire Police on 101 quoting the crime reference number HC – 16112023-0119.

Helping donkeys across the world

The Donkey Sanctuary is the world’s largest equine welfare charity. Its vision is a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering and their contribution to humanity is fully valued.

The charity runs 10 sanctuaries around the UK and across Europe, giving lifelong care to more than 7,000 donkeys and mules. The Donkey Sanctuary Hospital treats unwell donkeys and trains vets both nationwide and worldwide. It also runs donkey-facilitated learning programmes, helping vulnerable children and adults develop life skills by connecting with donkeys on an emotional and physical level.

To find out more and to support their work, visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

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