Pony rescued from dyke in Sutton St James

Fire & Rescue News.
Fire & Rescue News.

Fire crews helped a pony that was trapped in a dyke in Sutton St James on Thursday.

A Shetland pony was rescued by firefighters who came to an area of Broadgate Road just before 1.30pm.

We managed to rescue the Shetland Pony from the dyke and were able to release it back to its owner

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue crew manager Darren Burchnall

Firefighters used animal stops to lift the pony from the dyke before reuniting it with the owner.

Crew manager Darren Burchnall said: “In cases like this we always have to tread carefully, move slowly and utilise specialist equipment that allows us to keep our distance, whilst minimising distress for the animal.

“In this particular incident, we managed to rescue the Shetland Pony from the dyke and were able to release it back to its owner.”

Meanwhile, firefighters from Billingborough joined a specialist animal rescue team in trying to rescue a cow stuck in a water course near Donington on Saturday.

An RSPCA spokesman said: “We were called about a cow trapped in a muddy river bed in Swaton Fen and asked the fire service if they were able to help.

“They attended the scene and arranged for a vet to attend who examined the cow but decided that it should be put to sleep to stop it suffering further.

“The RSPCA works very closely with the emergency services and their highly trained crews and we are always grateful for any help we receive from them.”