Local Sanctuary and Rescue Organizations Join Forces to Save Injured Snake Butter

Temple Hill, Dartford was abuzz with concern and compassion this past weekend as an injured snake was discovered on the grounds of the Spirits Rest Dartford Horse and Animal Sanctuary. The grass snake, lovingly named “Butter” by visitors to the sanctuary, had been attacked by a cat and was in desperate need of medical attention.

Owner Christine Bates was shocked to find the injured reptile hiding in one of her horse’s stables. She immediately contacted her friend and local councillor, Laura Edie, for assistance. Cllr Edie, a representative for the Green Party, quickly sprang into action and called upon the services of Dartford Animal Rescue.

Volunteers from Dartford Animal Rescue arrived at the sanctuary and carefully tended to Butter, who was then transported to the South Essex Wildlife Hospital in Orsett, Grays for further treatment. Founder Ciara O’Hare and volunteer Calum Laws worked together to safely transport Butter across the Dartford Crossing for urgent medical care.

Upon arrival at the hospital, it was discovered that Butter’s tail had sustained severe damage and would require amputation. The hospital’s veterinarian, Tom, quickly performed the necessary surgery and removed the damaged portion of Butter’s tail. The hospital reported that the procedure was a success and Butter is now on the mend, receiving medication and rest.

Once fully recovered, Butter will be released back into the wild, away from any potential cat attacks. Cllr Edie expressed her gratitude for the quick and efficient action taken by all parties involved in Butter’s rescue. She praised the dedication and compassion shown by the volunteers from Spirits Rest and Dartford Animal Rescue, stating that they truly saved Butter’s life.

The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of responsible pet ownership and the need for coexisting peacefully with all creatures, big and small. Butter’s story is a testament to the positive impact that animal sanctuaries and rescue organizations have in our community.

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