Retro: Mill House Animal Sanctuary

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A Sheffield animal sanctuary which is facing a funding crisis has been the centre of attention online this week as hundreds of people shared the appeal to try to save 50 horses from being cullled.

The Star reported the story of Mill House Animal Sanctuary at Fulwood this week, leading to a push for fundraising to plug its £30,000 financial black hole and save the 50 horses and ponies at its farm.

The sanctuary was set up in the 1940s – and The Star has delved into its archives and found a rich history of photographs of the sanctuary through the ages.

Pat Hartley, aged 74, has run the sanctuary with her sister Jane for decades – and here are some photos of Pat and the horses through the ages.

One photo, taken in 1987, shows Pat with some of the horses and daughter Samantha.

Others show a ‘gypsy pony’ and Pat’s pet lamb Looby Loo.

The sanctuary’s first act was to rescue a little pony called Dolly from a slaughter house. Twins Pat and Jane were just six years of age at the time Dolly was rescued and that was the start of their lifelong rescue efforts.

Today, about 50 animals which live at a farm in Aston, Rotherham face being killed unless suitable homes can be found for them.

To find out how to donate to the charity go to http//tiny.cc/an4ycy

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Pat Hartley from Millhouse Animal Sanctuary with some of the horses she cant afford to keep

Pat Hartley from Millhouse Animal Sanctuary with some of the horses she cant afford to keep