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Horse Trapped in Mud is Rescued

Horse Trapped in Mud is Rescued

On Monday of this week, a German shepherd puppy named Rebel got his head stuck in a brick wall.  Riverside County Department of Animal Services (RCDAS) came to his rescue.

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!

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Photo taken by Office Tiffany Fuller, used with permission of Riverside County Department of Animal Services

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5:09AM PDT on Mar 13, 2011

Great that they got him out.

4:41AM PST on Mar 12, 2011


6:01PM PST on Mar 11, 2011

If i see one like that i would help them too!
THANK GOD that they helped them!

9:56AM PST on Mar 11, 2011

bless them for helping the horse awwww

6:53AM PST on Feb 15, 2011

Great job, guys. Mack could have died, just giving up. Great rescue!

1:39PM PST on Jan 18, 2011

thanks for posting this.

6:16PM PST on Jan 8, 2011

Caring rescues--YAY!!!

3:27AM PST on Jan 7, 2011

:) I'm glad the horse is okay.

7:00PM PST on Jan 4, 2011

good job! glad the horse is ok.

12:41PM PST on Jan 4, 2011

Great that the horse was rescued. A good job done by the RCDAS. A lot of people will go above and beyond the call of duty to save animals.

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