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Firefighters help Freddy to his feet

Firefighters help Freddy to his feet

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Firefighters helping Freddy

4 September 2017

Firefighters came to the aid of a horse who was unable to get to his feet in Minster this morning, (Sunday, 3 September).

Freddy, a 25-year-old Norwegian Fjord horse, was found by his owner, who was unable to encourage him to his feet, so alerted Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS).  Their specialist animal rescue team, based at Faversham, were sent to help. 

Crew Manager, Pete Yarwood, explained what happened: “Freddy was lying under an overhead power cable, so the first thing we had to do was put a strop around him and drag him forward using the winch on our animal rescue unit. Once he was clear of the power cable, a harness was put on Freddy and then we lifted him back to his feet using a special crane."

Once he was standing, the good natured horse was checked over by the vet and then started walking around.

Freddy’s owner was delighted and said: “The crew were so amazing, incredibly kind to me and Freddy. I cannot thank them enough, they were absolutely fantastic this morning.” 

Pete ended: “Animal rescues are part of our commitment to serving the community. Some animals, when in distress, can be extremely volatile and could kick out and hurt anyone attempting a rescue. This was far from the case with Freddy, he had a lovely temperament and we were pleased to be able to help.”

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Freddy back on his feet
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