Horse trapped in badger sett in Newton Pop
Rescue bid launched
FIREFIGHTERS from Sidmouth were among crews who raced to Newton Poppleford to rescue a horse trapped in a badger sett today (Thursday).
The incident unfolded in Venn Ottery Road at around noon.
A fire service spokesperson said: “A fire engine from Sidmouth, together with our animal rescue team from our special ops station in Exeter, was mobilised following a call from the owner of a horse that had become stuck down a badger sett.
“On arrival crews confirmed the horse had fallen down the slope of the sett and was lying awkwardly, unable to gain its footing.”
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At 2.15pm, crews were still in attendance and at work, alongside a vet who had sedated the horse, trying to relocate it to flatter ground by using a tripod and harness system for lifting.
The horse also received oxygen therapy from the crews.
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Firefighters left he scene at around 4pm and left the situation in hands of vet and owner.