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Missy hauled from a muddy mess

Heavy lifting equipment was ultimately needed to free Missy from the mud. Photo: Marion County Fire District #1

Heavy lifting equipment was ultimately needed to free Missy from the mud. Photo: Marion County Fire District #1

A horse named Missy has been hauled from a muddy mess in Oregon by rescuers, in a three-hour effort to get her free.

Firefighters with Marion County Fire District #1 were called on Sunday morning to the Salem property of Robert Alexander Jr to help get Missy free.

The mare was caught in a muddy slurry and was buried up to her ribs.

A sedated Missy recovers from her muddy ordeal. Photo: Marion County Fire District #1

A sedated Missy recovers from her muddy ordeal. Photo: Marion County Fire District #1

Missy had apparently been walking in high brush and grass, and fell off an embankment, landing in a shallow creek.

Her efforts to get free created a muddy area that ultimately entrapped her in what firefighters described as a “quick-sand” type ground.

The fire department sent two fire trucks and a heavy rescue vehicle, with crews getting to work to free Missy using hand tools and ropes.

After two hours of work, it was determined that she was so far entrenched in the mud, that bigger resources were needed.

Alexander contacted a friend who was able to bring a front-end loader to the scene.

It was rigged by firefighters with heavy-duty lifting straps.

Missy was hauled from the mud after three hours, with the support of Dr Terry Gerros, an equine veterinarian from Santiam Equine, who sedated her.

The horse remained under the care of her owners and Gerros at the scene.

Firefighters had also been at the Alexander property in February, when they helped free a horse named Ace, who had become entangled in wire fencing near a pond.

The fire department said Alexander was thankful for both responses.

He said on Sunday: “I knew if I called, the firefighters would be able to help us … again.”

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  1. Robin says:

    Great story, good work, thanks for saving our National Treasure!!!

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