SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Suffolk Fire and Rescue responded to an unusual call Sunday morning to rescue a horse from a muddy ditch in the 5300 block of O’Kelly Drive.
Crews were dispatched at 8:22 a.m. after a citizen called about a 1,200 pound horse found on its side in a ditch with its legs wrapped around low-lying tree branches and trunks. Officials are not sure how long the mare had been down but had visible injuries to its legs from trying to remove itself from the branches.
Medics and Technical Rescue Teams members assisted the horse’s owner with supplies while waiting for the vet to get to the scene, according to Suffolk Police Department. Crews were able to remove nearby trees to assist with clearing an area around the horse. The ditch was about three feet deep and five feet wide.
The rescue team used webbing hooked to a tractor to pull the horse from the ditch and into the field. Rescue crews then assisted medics and family with rolling the horse over to its other side to improve blood flow and eventually got the mare back onto her feet.