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17 February 2010, 06:00
A Suffolk charity has helped an abandoned blind horse get his sight back.
Morris (pictured) was rescued in 2008 by the horse Rescue Fund after his owner stopped looking after him. When he arrived at the centre in Suffolk he was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes.
An appeal to raise the money to pay for Morris to get his cataracts removed was launched and by the end of 2009 more than £5,000 had been donated, which meant the Welsh pony could have the much needed surgery.
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."