Animal sanctuary swamped by floods

By Matthew McKew

Saturday, March 8, 2014

 

Animal sanctuary swamped by floods

Liz Fox, left, and Sue Lathwell at the animal sanctuary. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

FLOODING has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to an animal sanctuary in Borthwood.

Heavy rain and stormy weather left the two-acre site looking like a swamp.

For 11 years, owner Sue Lathwell has run the sanctuary assisted by her husband, Alan, which is home to around 500 animals at any one time.

Last year, she lost some of her animals because of the flooding.

She said: "I was more prepared this year and moved some of the animals to higher ground but there is limited space. I keep pheasants and they cannot be in the same pen together because they attack each other."

Sue funds her sanctuary by breeding rare types of pheasant and chickens but she also keeps goats, owls, rabbits and pigs.

She estimates she will need to spend around £3,000 to install new drainage and replace the damaged pens.

She said: "Some of the wood will be rotted and I cannot use a lot of the pens because they are full of water, although it is going down now. I’m hoping the weather will stay dry."

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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