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Firefighters working to rescue horse stuck near Hansen Dam

May 26, 2012 |  6:55 pm

Fire officials were working to rescue a horse mired in sand and mud near the Hansen Dam Aquatic Center on Saturday evening.

About 35 fire fighters were on the ground and in the air trying to save the horse, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The horse had three legs stuck in the sand and about half of its body submerged in water.

The animal was reported stuck around 5 p.m. in the 11700 block of West Foothill Boulevard. 

Ten firefighters had waded in to keep the animal’s head above water, according to the Fire Department.

Fire officials said a "helicopter hoist operation" may be needed to bring the horse to safety. Shortly after 6 p.m., authorities said a specialized team was expected to tranquilize the horse to help with the rescue effort.

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-- Victoria Kim

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