Firefighters and Bedford County’s Animal Response Team were called out for a downed horse in Juniata Township Friday night.

According to Susan Smith, commander of Bedford CART, she was dispatched about 8:23 p.m. Friday to a farm at 213 White Tail Lane along with firefighters, including Saxton and its Technical Rescue Response Team.

Smith said the horse, weighing about 800 pounds, had been unable to get up “for hours but the exact time (the horse went down) in unknown.”

Smith said a rain storm had complicated the rescue, causing about seven to eight inches of mud.

“It was so deep, our boots were getting stuck and coming off at times,” Smith said. Veterinarian Michele Campbell from Creekside Veterinary Services, Schellsburg, assisted at the scene.

The elderly horse had to be euthanized, unfortunately, Smith said.

Smith credited Campbell and Saxton for responding to the call and “for coming our in such terrible weather and under such conditions.”

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