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Horse rescued from a river in Co. Cork

Following an urgent call for help made to the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515, ISPCA Inspector Lisa O'Donovan responded immediately concerning a horse stuck in a river in the Blarney area, Cork.

It was reported that the horse had been there for two days at least and was trapped in the muddy river bed with water up to its chest. The Cork County Fire Service was contacted and the Ballyvolane Amber Unit responded immediately. In a long two hour rescue, which saw two unit officers in the water, the horse was hauled to safety.

ISPCA Inspector Lisa O’Donovan said: "this was a big animal and it was not an easy task however, the fire fighters persevered and used all their muscle power until the animal was hauled to dry land".


The horse was then attended to by the equine vet who had offered his assistance.  Veterinary treatment and food was provided and the horse is recovering well after the ordeal.


The ISPCA would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who relentlessly worked to save the exhausted horse from drowning. This is the second animal in this area that had to be assisted by the Cork county fire unit in a two year period, after being trapped in the river.

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