THE DONKEY Sanctuary’s centre at Eccup has been closed to the public due to the equine flu outbreak.

The charity says it has shut all five of its public centres in England as a precautionary measure - and that none of its resident donkeys have been affected.

The centres - in Manchester, Birmingham, Ivybridge, Sidmouth and Leeds - are to remain closed until further notice.

The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds announced the news on its Facebook page on Thursday, February 7. It said: “Due to the recent outbreak of Equine Influenza in the UK, we have taken the precautionary decision to close our sanctuary to all members of the public until further notice.

“Our resident donkeys are not affected by this outbreak, but we’re keeping a very close eye on them.”

The recent outbreak of equine flu, which is endemic to the UK and can not be contracted by humans, has led to a number of horse-racing meetings being cancelled.