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1,800 Pound Horse Stuck In Ice, Mud Saved By Firefighters, Local Companies

HAMILTON (CBS) – It took several people, but they were able to save an 1,800 pound horse from a tragic end Saturday afternoon.

The horse, named "Moonshine," fell through the ice at Devon Glen Farm on Bay Road around 12:30 p.m.

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Moonshine was stuck up to her neck in the mud. (Photo courtesy: Hamilton Fire Department)

When Hamilton firefighters got there, they found the horse in the mud up to her neck.

Several other local firefighters were called in to help get her out.

A tree service company also provided a crane and a large wrecker was brought in from a towing company for the rescue.

"It took about two-and-a-half hours. We were finally able to get straps under (her) and enough mud dug out around (her) that with great human effort and Moonshine's effort as well, (she) was pulled out of the hole and (she) walked away," Hamilton Deputy Fire Chief Kirby Brand told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

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Moonshine was given warm IV fluids after the rescue. (Photo courtesy: Hamilton Fire Department)

Brand said Moonshine's body temperature dropped five degrees during the ordeal.

She was brought to a heated barn and given warm IV fluids.


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