Thieves have again targeted a Spanish non-profit horse sanctuary, stealing an expensive water pump and tools – many of which were donated by kind supporters.

The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre robberies came as cofounders Sue and Rod Weeding rescued another two ponies, bringing the number of equines in their care to 104.

Sue and Rod first noticed tools disappearing in January, but were shocked when a water pump worth €700, used to pump water from flooded pastures after heavy winter rains, was stolen last month.

The Weedings, who last year launched a major fundraiser to better secure their boundary after a similar spate of robberies, suspect the thieves were familiar with the rescue centre’s layout and specifically targeted the expensive pump.

“They certainly knew it was there. It wasn’t in the yard, it was in a private part of our garden. You feel a bit defenceless, a bit vulnerable, the fact that people just feel like they can come in and take whatever they want,” Sue said.

Electrical and carpentry tools, including an angle grinder and circular saw, have also gone missing – hampering Rod’s efforts to perform critical ongoing maintenance work at the sanctuary, including building the centre’s secure new boundary wall.

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