Pa. fire department rescues horse from ice

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NORTH STRABANE, Pa. — A draft horse was rescued Feb. 16 by a caring group of firefighters in North Strabane and Peters Township.

UPDATE: As of Feb. 17, the horse is doing fine and his core body temperature was close to normal within the hour of the rescue.

Details:The details are still sketchy as to what happened but the fire department was called to rescue a draft horse after it had fallen through an icy pond.

“The horse was in a difficult position but with the help of some chains and some good hard work, all turned out well,” wrote Ed Childers, who is in charge of the North Strabane/Peters Township large animal emergency response unit.

He added hypothermia did set in on the horse but the hope is he will survive because of the team effort. A veterinarian was reportedly on the scene of the accident a few minutes after the fire department.

Childers is asking that if an accident like this happens on your farm to call 911.
A photographer for the fire department sent the Farm and Dairy some photographs of the rescue.

We are currently working on finding out where, what and how it exactly happened as well as who owns the equine.

North Strabane, Pa. is north of Eighty-Four and east of Washington, Pa. It is between Interstate 70 and 79.

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Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism. You can follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/fosterk96. More Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

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