PHOTOS: Mini-horse rescued from Ceres canal

3:29 PM, Nov 17, 2012   |    comments
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CERES, Calif. - A mini-horse was rescued from an irrigation canal Saturday morning.

A security officer with Turlock Irrigation found the 4-foot female horse trapped in a canal on the 4400 block of Crowslanding Road around 8:51 a.m., Ceres Fire Battalion Chief Michael Lillie said.

PHOTOS: Mini-horse rescued from Ceres canal

When fire crews responded to the scene, they found the horse stuck in the canal with about a foot of water. Lillie said the sides of the canal were too steep for the horse to climb out on her own.

About a quarter-mile down from where the horse was found, firefighters found a ledge that would allow the horse to get out safely.

Lillie said a couple of firefighters got into the canal with the horse, tied a rope around her and helped her climb out of the canal; it took crews 15 minutes to free the animal.

The horse suffered some scuffed up hooves from trying to climb up from the canal on her own, but was otherwise unharmed.


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