Dramatic horse rescue

Eamonn McFadden

Reporter:

Eamonn McFadden

A dramatic rescue attempt had a happy ending on Sunday when a horse stranded up to its stomach in thick mud along the banks of a tributary of the River Swilly was saved by an heroic effort from volunteers.

A dramatic rescue attempt had a happy ending on Sunday when a horse stranded up to its stomach in thick mud along the banks of a tributary of the River Swilly was saved by an heroic effort from volunteers.

Members of the Donegal Pet Rescue volunteer service were alerted to the stricken animal near the Riverside Shopping Complex on the Neil T Blaney Road on Sunday morning.

This is the same stretch of river was where another horse lay dead for a number of days, two months ago.

The drama unfolded when the first three volunteers arrived to find the animal submerged up to its chest on the muddy bank.

A photograph of the stricken horse was posted on facebook through the Donegal Pet Rescue page asking for help after they alerted the ISPCA who were unavailable and local gardai who were delayed getting to the scene due to another incident.

The DPR team say the strong image of the stricken animal on their social media site prompted a lot of reaction and within a short time they had a number of helpers on the scene.

A spokesperson for the group said they would like to thank everyone who helped save the horse.

“Thankfully we have some of the best friends on Facebook who gave up their Sunday morning to come and help in any way that they could. As for DPR posting a photo we feel that this was the only way people could understand the urgency of our plea and would continue to do so in order to help get matter out there and resolved quickly,” the spokesperson stated.