Horse rescued after getting trapped in a dumpster

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In Southern California, a horse was rescued on Friday after getting trapped in a dumpster. Huntington Beach Fire Department were able to use a forklift and harness to pull the horse, named Rodeo, out of the metal container and to safety.

According to the social media page of the Huntington Beach Fire Department, rescuers were called after Rodeo had apparently slipped out of his pen and stepped off a raised platform lined with dumpsters. When the horse stepped on top of one of the dumpsters, the lid caved in and Rodeo was stuck.

“Today at approximately 2:30 pm HBFD units responded to a large animal rescue. Units on scene found a horse stuck inside of a small dumpster. The Orange County Fire Authority Heavy Rescue Team was called to assist due to their training in large animal rescue. HB and OCFA teams formulated a plan and successfully removed the horse from the dumpster. Also on scene was a large animal veterinarian who assisted in sedating the horse to prevent further injury. The horse sustained minor injuries and no rescuers were injured. Thanks to the OCFA for the assistance. OCFA PIO.”

Check out the video:

Large Animal Rescue

Posted by Huntington Beach Fire Department on Friday, January 18, 2019

“Neither the horse nor the firefighters were injured,” the Huntington Beach Fire Department wrote in a tweet.

Oh Rodeo! We are all glad you are safe. Many thanks to our awesome firefighters for helping those who can not speak for themselves. (And for those horses that no matter how many precautions humans take to keep them safe, they too often seem to find a way to get themselves in trouble.)

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3 replies
  1. Jeanette Fossum says:

    happy to hear horse and helpers are all ok. my horse used to roll in his corral, always too close to chain link fence got hung up a few times, you would think he would learn to go to the center but No! I had to clip off a piece of chain line, then he would get up. he really was such a sweet horse. R I P my sweet boy. I still miss him.


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