SALEM – Marion County firefighters rescued a horse Sunday that was trapped in mud and water. Missy fell over an embankment and landed in a shallow creek.
Crews from Marion County Fire District #1 tried for two hours to free her, using hand tools and rope. When that didn’t work, the horse’s owner borrowed a front loader from a friend and rigged it with heavy duty lifting straps. A veterinarian was brought in to sedate the horse and three hours later, Missy was freed.
This is not the first time the horse’s owner, Robert Alexander Jr., has needed help with his animals. Back in February, another horse named Ace got stuck in some barb wire fencing in a pond on the property and rescuers were called in to help free him. Alexander says he appreciated both responses and says “I knew if I called, the firefighters would be able to help us again.”