Clayton firefighters save horse buried in mud

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Several fire companies assisted in a Saturday horse rescue at 2811 Wheatley’s Pond Road in Clayton. (Clayton Fire Co. photo by Kevin L. Wilson)

CLAYTON — Several fire companies, other emergency responders and citizens teamed up to save a 31-year-old horse named Kentucky that was buried in mud late Saturday afternoon.

According to officials, the Clayton Fire Company was dispatched at 4:50 p.m. for a reported horse rescue at 2811 Wheatley’s Pond Road. Upon arrival, 1st Assistant Chief Alex Carrow contacted personnel at Merrie Medo Farms and was told the animal was stuck in the mud next to a stream.

The horse was seen buried in the mud with the only the rear part and neck of the horse showing, the Clayton FC said.

Additional assistance was needed and the Kent County Kent County Special Operations Team that brought many additional pieces of equipment and manpower to the scene, Clayton FC said.

Upon arrival at the scene the team worked with crews from Clayton and local citizens that had gathered to assist, officials said. Chief Carrow also requested McKinney’s Towing to respond with their large straps used for uprighting large vehicles to put around the horse.

The rescue took over two hours to complete, the Clayton FC said. During the rescue the horses condition was continually monitored as well as heating blankets covered the parts of the horse that was showing. A veterinarian was also consulted during the rescue.

Once removed, the horse was checked out by a vet on scene and at last report was doing well, officials said.

Besides the Kent Team and McKinney’s Towing, the Clayton FC  was assisted by fire companies from Cheswold, Leipsic, and North Bowers,

“Even when we get dispatched to an incident that is out of our normal type of response we have a great network of partners to assist; this was a true cooperative effort and I thank everyone who assisted,” Chief Carrow said.

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