Rebel’s rescue was dramatic enough, but then on Tuesday, RCDAS received a call about a quarter horse gelding named Mack that was stuck in some serious mud.
Mack and his owner were riding, but the owner did not realize the area had received such massive storms two days before. The area the horse got stuck in had actually been a makeshift lake due to the heavy rains.
Mack was stuck in the mud up to his torso. This rescue required about six officers and more members from the Norco Animal Rescue Team – a large animal emergency rescue — with the city of Norco’s fire department.
The report came in about 3:30 p.m., an hour after the owners tried unsuccessfully to liberate Mack from the deep mud hole. The team effort finally got Mack freed from the mud by 7:30 p.m. They stepped in the mud themselves to wrap straps around Mack.
RCDAS’ Officer Tiffany Fuller and Lt. Chris Mayer attended to Mack. Mayer was almost waist deep in the mud. “Everyone was calling him the Mud Guy,” Officer Fuller said. “It was really thick. We had to be careful people would not get stuck. The more we dug, the more the water would seep in. It was crazy.”
By sunset Mack had started to give up. “The horse gave up. It was completely on its side” said Fuller. “I really didn’t think that horse was going to make it.”
After the mud release, Mack was placed in a trailer and returned to his owners. The report is Mack will be fine with no injuries other than his pride!
It’s nice to know who to call for animal emergencies. Great job, RCDAS!
Photo taken by Office Tiffany Fuller, used with permission of Riverside County Department of Animal Services