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Specialty Team Works To Rescue Horse On Beaver Co. Farm

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photographer Tim Lawson)

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photographer Tim Lawson)

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BEAVER COUNTY (KDKA) – Specially-trained crews worked to save a horse after it collapsed Saturday.

It happened at a farm on Steinbaugh Road in New Sewickley Township.

Rescuers say the 25-year-old horse collapsed in a field over a hillside and the owners couldn’t help the 1,200-pound horse back onto its feet.

Firefighters and specially trained crews from the Big Knob and Daugherty Township Farm Rescue Team were able to put the horse on a sled and drag it up the hill.

“We had to use a large animal slide and bring the animal to the top of the hill here,” said Lt. Matt Johnston with Big Knob Fire.

The rescue team is the only one of its kind in Western Pennsylvania, certified by Penn State university to assist farmers when their livestock get into trouble.

After bringing it up over the hillside, the horse laid its side while rescuers watered it down, keeping it cool.

Eventually Firefighters put straps on the horse and attempted to get her back on her feet, but she can’t stand on her own.

Rescuers say it’ll be in the hands of the vet to decide whether the horse can be saved or will have to be put down.

Stay with KDKA for more information.

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