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Animal rescue team manages to free horse trapped in mud

December 28, 2010 | 11:27 pm

A team of animal services officers was able to rescue a horse trapped in feet of mud Tuesday evening, Riverside County officials said.

Officers with Riverside County Animal Services and the Norco Animal Rescue Team responded to a call from the horse’s owner about 3:30 p.m. The horse, a quarter horse gelding named Mack, had fallen into a mud hole in an unincorporated area of Riverside County just west of Lake Mathews, according to a news release from Riverside County Animal Services.

The horse and its owner became stuck in an area that was flooded during storms two days earlier. The horse owner and his wife tried to pull the horse out on their own, but realized they needed additional help.

Initially, the horse lay on its side and was completely covered with mud. Rescuers wrapped the animal with straps and slowly hoisted it up from the thick, heavy mud. The horse was finally freed about 7:30 p.m.

The mud "was really thick,” Riverside County Animal Services Officer Tiffany Fuller said. “We had to be careful people would not get stuck. The more we dug, the more water would seep in. It was crazy.”

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Photo: Lt. Chris Mayer of Riverside County Animal Services works waist-deep in mud to free Mack. Credit: Riverside County Animal Services

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