Born in Hungary, Bogar was brought to England to pull a funeral carriage. When he developed a slight lameness, he was no further ‘use’ to his owners and was on the way to the slaughterhouse – until he was intercepted and rescued by Hillside Animal Sanctuary

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You may be interested to know that some of Hillside’s rescued horses are enjoying the summer, grazing in a meadow neighbouring the estate where Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty, often stayed with her uncle. Anna Sewell, back in the mid Victorian period was, in her own way, a campaigner for animal welfare and very much a ‘local girl’. We hope that, if Anna had been alive today, she would be pleased to know that Hillside Animal Sanctuary is located so close to her.

Anna Sewell, from a Quaker family, is buried in a Quaker cemetery in Lamas, which is
just up the road from us. We were only too pleased to be able to offer Bogar a home with us at Hillside, and it seems very fitting that he will live out his days near where Anna has been laid to rest.

For more information on the excellent work Hillside does, please visit:

We are grateful to them for allowing us to use Bogar’s picture.