SALEM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Firefighters in Marion County rescued a horse Sunday morning after it became stuck in mud.
Marion County Fire District One firefighters responded to 6096 Juniper Street NE in Salem at 10:15 a.m. and found a hose named Missy trapped in mud and water and buried all the way up to its sides.
Missy had apparently been walking in an area of high brush and grass and fell off the embankment, landing in a shallow creek, which in-turn created a muddy area that entrapped the horse in a quick-sand type ground.
After attempting to free the horse with hand tools and rope for two hours, crews said they determined larger tools were needed.
The owner of the horse, Robert Alexander Jr., was able to contact a friend who was able to load and bring a front-end loader to the scene. Crews then rigged the front-end loader with heavy-duty lifting straps.
With the support of equine veterinarian Dr. Terry Gerros, who sedated the horse, firefighters were able to extricate the Missy from the mud after another three hours.
This incident was not the first of its type to occur on Alexander’s property. Firefighters said back in February, they were called to the property to rescue another horse that had become entangled in barbed wire fencing in a pond.
In both cases, Alexander expressed his gratitude for the firefighters’ help.
“I knew if I called, the firefighters would be able to help us – again,” said Alexander.