Update: Appeal total for Gizmo the abandoned horse continues to rocket as it passes £8,250 milestone

Gizmo the foal was abandoned by the roadside and is now making his recovery at Catley Cross Veterina

Gizmo the foal was abandoned by the roadside and is now making his recovery at Catley Cross Veterinary Clinic. The tiger toy was donated by a clinic client. - Credit: Archant

Kind donors whose hearts have been touched by the plight of an abandoned baby horse have now raised three-quarters of the money needed to pay for his medical care.

Gizmo, a four-month-old piebald cob foal, was found on the side of Yeldham Road in Ridgewell, close to Ridgewell Caravan Park, on Tuesday.

He was severely emaciated, had lice, and was suffering from dehydration, hypothermia and pneumonia.

Despite a bleak outlook Gizmo is now showing signs of recovery at the Catley Cross Veterinary Centre where he is being treated.

Staff have reported Gizmo is now really trying to stand up, though concerns remain about protein levels resulting in him receiving a plasma transfusion.

The RSPCA launched a fundraising appeal for Gizmo on Thursday.

Now the total amount raised stands at £8,257, at 1.30pm on Sunday (February 22).


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The current total is above the estimated cost of his emergency medical care of £6,000, meaning money is now being raised for the additional £5,000 needed for his ongoing rehabilitation.

More than 560 people have made donations.

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Any money raised over the £11,000 target will be given to other horses in a similar situation, of which there are many.

• To report any information as to who may hve dumped Gizmo call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

• To donate to Gizmo’s care call 0300 123 0346 or visit his JustGiving page.

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