When Brooke partner AHTCS (Animal Health Training and Consultancy Service) set off on a survey of welfare standards at one of the brick kilns in Nepal's Kathmandu valley, they didn't expect to find nearly 40 animals in a desperate state.
Of the 39 animals discovered at the off-season kiln, 17 were dead at the scene and the remaining 22 in a terrible state. The mangers were empty, there was no trace of water, and fresh faeces had signs of internal parasites raging through their debilitated bodies.
The extent of neglect was such that 4 of the animals were unable to stand on their own. The team leapt into action and promptly started medical treatment and care for the animals as well as cleaning out the stables.
They then chased down the owner to see why the animals had been left in such appalling conditions.
Typically brick kilns only operate in the dry season and shut down during the rains. Most animals return with their owners to their original homes but the cost of transportation is high - as much as £14 each.
The owner told the team remorsefully that he was in a financial crisis and because of that he was unable to take his animals with him or even provide enough money to feed them.
In this case, he left them with two carers who did not have the means or incentive to care for them as they themselves had financial problems.
But thanks to the Brooke the animals are now being provided with enough food, clean drinking water, and medical care for about a month, until the season starts again.
The owner too has now realised that he cannot just leave his animals behind whatever the circumstance. He has now been persuaded to look after his animals and regularly monitor their welfare.