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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Warning Issued Following Horse Rescue

12/10/2012

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people not to put their own lives at risk to rescue animals following a horse rescue in Longnor last night.

“The conditions were challenging as it was extremely foggy and very wet but the crews worked hard and managed to carry out the rescues without causing the horses too much distress."

Station Manager Glynn Luznyj.

Fire engines from Longnor, Leek and Newcastle along with the animal rescue unit from Leek and the water rescue unit from Newcastle were called to a farm in Newtown at around 7.20pm.

The incident involved two horses that had become stuck in a swamp due to the wet weather.

The two owners of the horses had entered the swamp to attempt to rescue the animals and they had also become trapped.

Firefighters were able to use the equipment from the new animal rescue unit along with inflatable walkways and water rescue equipment to rescue the horses and their owners.

Station Manager Glynn Luznyj said: “The conditions were challenging as it was extremely foggy and very wet but the crews worked hard and managed to carry out the rescues without causing the horses too much distress.

Obviously our job was made more difficult by also having to rescue the owners - in these circumstances, we would advise people not risk their life by trying to rescue livestock but to ring 999 and ask for the fire and rescue service immediately.”

Following the rescues the animals were left with the owners and a vet who was present.

Firefighters left the scene at 9.43pm.