Western Taney County, MO – A horse who was trapped in mud for a “significant amount of time,” was pulled free by firefighters with the Western Taney County Fire Protection District. The agency said that they responded to the Rockaway community on October 15 for a large animal rescue.
Before proceeding with the rescue effort, the responding firefighters reached out to a large animal veterinarian for assistance. After checking the horse, and providing sedation, the team went to work to secure the horse for removal from the mud.
A sling was secured around the horse and a rope system was utilized to pull the animal free. According to the agency, the horse was “left with the owner.” Sadly, comments posted to the department’s Facebook page on Monday morning indicate that the horse’s age, and the length of time he/she was trapped in the mud, resulted in the difficult decision for humane euthanasia.
Rest in peace.