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Video: Firefighters, police rescue horse stuck in thick mud

Rescue crews attempted to break the suction that was pulling Kiersa down, but didn’t succeed

By FireRescue1 Staff

PLANT CITY, Fla. — Video captured Florida police officers and firefighters pulling a 25-year-old horse from thick mud. 

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to a call of a horse, Kiersa, trapped in the mud Monday, WFTS reported. Given the difficulty of the rescue, the Hillsborough County sheriff and the Polk County sheriff’s agriculture units were called as backup.

The rescue crews attempted to break the suction that was pulling Kiersa down, but didn’t succeed. 

A vet who was called to the scene then sedated Kiersa so she wouldn’t injure herself or others, and she was finally rescued without injury using padded straps and a DPW Gradeall. Thirty minutes after Kiersa was placed back on solid ground, she awoke and was able to stand up.

Kiersa is recovering at home. 

Plant City Horse Rescue

PLANT CITY Fla., (May 16, 2017) - Rescue crews pull Kiersa the horse from thick mud On the evening of Monday May 15, 2017 Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to a trapped horse in the 2200 block of Retreat Ln. in Plant City. When Firefighters from Station 25 arrived they reported a 25-year-old horse trapped in thick mud. Units called for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Agriculture unit to respond to the scene. Rescue crews tried to break the suction from the horse, but weren’t successful. It was then decided to call a vet and heavy equipment to the scene. HCFR Heavy Rescue 11, Dr. Alexandra Urban from the Brandon Equine Medical Center, The Polk County Sheriff’s Office State Agriculture Response Team, Hillsborough County Public Works (DPW), and RVR Horse Rescue responded to the scene. Dr. Urban put Kiersa to sleep while Rescue crews used padded straps, and a DPW Gradeall to remove Kiersa from the mud. Kiersa was placed on the ground, her vitals were checked, and she was woke up about 30 minutes after being removed from the mud. Thankfully it appears that there were no broken bones, and Kiersa was able to stand up. Dr. Urban administered IV fluids and antibiotics to Kiersa, and the family is having her monitored for further health complications. Thank you to everyone involved that made this rescue a success!

Posted by Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, Florida on Tuesday, May 16, 2017


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