A horse is recuperating Wednesday following a brush with death in a muddy pond on Tuesday, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office Agricultural Crimes Unit responded to the 6600 block of Patsy Drive in response to a horse stuck in a pond, approximately eight feet down an embankment. Upon arrival, it was immediately clear that the horse was in need of assistance, officials said.
A Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Team was quickly assembled consisting of several Lee and Collier County Sheriff's deputies. The horse had exhausted itself, was unable to stand, and needed assistance just to keep its head above the cold, muddy water.
Rescue personnel begin their efforts.
Lee County Sheriff's Office
By using a rescue glide and other rescue equipment, the team was able to pull the horse to dry ground where it eventually walked away under its own power. The horse was given an optimistic prognosis from the on scene veterinarian.
Officials offered special thanks to Van Roekel & Associates Veterinarians and the Tice Fire Department, which also assisted in the rescue.
Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office