PORTLAND – Portland Firefighters rescued a horse that had fallen into a hole in Northeast Portland, near the Columbia Edgewater Country Club early Monday evening.
The mare named "Roxy" was grazing in her pasture when she apparently stood over an old septic tank which collapsed under her weight.
Owner Martha Johnston said they're not sure how long Roxy was trapped in the hole before they found her but she figures it wasn't very long. The 34-year-old horse was going into shock and Johnston said she realized she couldn't get her out, so called 9-1-1.
Photos: Horse rescue in NE Portland
"We were lucky one of the Portland firefighters was from Central Oregon," remarked Johnston, "He's done this before so he knew how to get her out."
The rope rescue team was called and wrapped hoses around the exhausted horse. They were able to lift the mare out just eight minutes after they arrived. Roxy laid on the ground for a couple minutes before scrambling to her feet with help from firefighters.
Johnston said Roxy has a three-inch cut on her knee from a jagged piece of metal in the septic tank. A veterinarian treated the cut with antibiotics and wrapped it in a soft cast. The horse also had bruises on her shoulders and rump from struggling to get out.
Johnson said a couple hours after her ordeal, Roxy was eating and drinking which was a good sign she'll be alright.
"The firefighters were great this afternoon. Roxy is a sweet old horse that we love dearly," she added.