Tuesday, 25 January 2011 00:00
UNINCORPORATED RIVERSIDE COUNTY (Just East of Lake Mathews and South of the city of Riverside) – Officers with Riverside County Animal Services rescued a horse from a mud hole Tuesday afternoon in an unincorporated area near Lake Mathews, south of Corona and southwest of the city of Riverside.
The horse was discovered in a muddy area just west of Lake Mathews and right off of Cajalco Road, near the intersection of Harley John Road. The area is in a pocket of Riverside County in what some call unincorporated Perris.
The horse and its rider got stuck in an area that, according to other fire officials, had been a makeshift lake just two days earlier after the recent storms.
As soon as the sun set, Animal Services officers drew more concerned about the horse.
"He was shivering really bad," said Officer Tiffany Fuller of Riverside County Animal Services.
It was her understanding, she said, that the rider didn't realize the area had been saturated to extreme levels during the storms.
Animal Services received the call for service at about 3:30 p.m. -- roughly an hour after the owner and his wife tried to get the horse out themselves.
Officers arrived shortly thereafter and realized the situation required more personnel.
About a half dozen officers -- plus an additional group from the Norco Animal Rescue Team -- finally managed to pluck the horse out at about 7:30 p.m.
Lt. Chris Mayer with Riverside County Animal Services kept wrapping straps around the horse's torso and legs and make sure the rescue would be a success.
He was often waist deep in the muck during the effort.
"Everyone was calling him the Mud Guy," Officer Fuller said. "It was really thick. We had to be careful people would not get stuck. The more we dug, the more the water would seep in. It was crazy."
She said the horse, a quarterhorse gelding named Mack, had just about given up for good.
"The horse gave up. It was completely on its side. I really didn't think that horse was going to make it."
(The horse was placed in a trailer and returned to its owner. The horse is expected to be OK.)
Please note: Photos are courtesy of Riverside County Animal Services Animal Control Officers Tiffany Fuller and Amy Farrell.
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