A crafty canine is being hailed as a hero this week after successfully drawing her owner’s attention to a horse in distress.
68-year-old Shirley Mills was getting ready for bed on Tuesday evening when beloved pet dog Belle began barking uncontollably. It was so out of character for the usually relaxed pup that owner Mills knew something wasn’t right.
Belle seemed to be drawing Mills’ attention towards the fields where her 24-year-old Shire horse, Lucy, was kept, and so the pair made their way outside to investigate.
It quickly became clear that a strange situation was unfolding when Mills noticed Lucy lying down on the ground – something she would never normally do. Getting closer, she discovered that the horse had actually fallen into a 4ft deep sinkhole, and had become trapped.
Unsure how she could possibly get Lucy to safety on her own, worried Mills quickly called the fire service for assistance, who – within fifteen minutes – had begun a two-hour mission to wrench the horse from the ground. The eight firemen were also joined by a vet.
Pain killers were administered in order to minimize any potential harm to Lucy, and a piece of metal was placed under her hooves, in order to pull her out manually using straps. Luckily, brave Lucy didn’t struggle, which could have resulted in her breaking her leg, due to her precarious positioning.
Delighted Mills said:
“It is a really good job Belle barked, otherwise I would never have known.”
“I’m so thankful for the fire service. They couldn’t have been better – they saved her [Lucy’s] life.”