Closure of the Uckfield-based Sussex Horse Rescue Trust has been announced.
The charity, in Hempstead Lane, said last week that a consultation was under way with staff about the best way forward.
Last night it said the very difficult decision had been taken to close “in the ongoing best interests of the horses and donkeys in our care”.
The board of trustees continued:
“This has been a much-considered decision which has been taken with support from the Charity Commission.
“We are now in the lengthy and careful process of re-homing the horses and donkeys.
“There is a plan in place for this and we will update our supporters once this has been finalised.
“The welfare of the horses and donkeys is our priority and the trustees are fortunate to have the support of Redwings and other equine welfare charities through this very difficult time.
“We will be in contact with all of our supporters, volunteers, and loan homes personally in due course.
“The trustees would particularly like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff, volunteers, supporters, and loan homes, both past and present, for their loyalty, commitment and valuable contributions to the charity over the years.”
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