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Hopefield Animal Sanctuary: Hope the horse rescued from meat market by animal charity's founders 31 years ago passes away

PUBLISHED: 17:10 29 August 2019

After 31 years at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, Hope the horse sadly passed away yesterday, Wednesday, August 29. Picture: Ricci Fothergill

After 31 years at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, Hope the horse sadly passed away yesterday, Wednesday, August 29. Picture: Ricci Fothergill

Ricci Fothergill

It's a sad time this week at the sanctuary as Sophie Kemp tells us that one of the charity's first rescued animals sadly passed away yesterday.

This week's update is a rather sad one to share with you all.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we must inform you all that Hope crossed the rainbow bridge on Wednesday afternoon.

Hope was rescued by Paula and Ernie, Hopefield's founders, back in 1988 from a meat market, along with Angel the pony.

She had spent 31 amazing, happy years at the sanctuary, and enjoyed spending time with everyone.

Sadly, she had battled with many conditions for a number of years, including arthritis, laminitis, motor neurone disease, and old age, and unfortunately it all got too much for her.

Hope touched many people's lives, from those who worked with her, to visitors.

We've heard lots of stories from people who were scared of horses, and overcame their fear after spending time with her.

Everyone who knew her are absolutely devastated. Hopefield is definitely not going to be the same without her."

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