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Horse rescued from muddy Ore. mess

Published On: Jun 17 2014 02:52:18 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 17 2014 07:04:48 PM CDT
Horse rescued mud Oregon

Marion County Fire District #1

SALEM, Ore. (KPTV) -

It took a team effort and some heavy machinery to rescue a horse trapped in mud in Salem.

Marion County firefighters were called to the 6000 block of Juniper Street Northeast at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday.

A horse had fallen down an embankment into a shallow creek. The muddy creek acted similar to quicksand for the horse, according to firefighters.

The horse, named Missy, was trapped with mud all the way up her sides.

Rescue crews used hand tools and rope to try and pull Missy out, but after two hours, it was determined she was far too entrenched in the mud and bigger resources would be needed.

The owner of the horse, Robert Alexander Jr., contacted a friend who brought a front-end loader to the scene.

The loader was fitted with heavy duty lifting straps. The horse was sedated by Dr. Terry Gerros, an equine veterinarian from Santiam Equine.

After three hours, the sedated horse was lifted out and put on stable ground away from the embankment.

Firefighters said a similar rescue operation happened on the same property in February, when another horse got stuck in barbed wire fencing in a pond. Firefighters rescued that horse, as well.