Crews rescue horse from ditch in Knox County

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First responders rescued an ill horse from a ditch Thursday afternoon. 

About an hour into the rescue, a veterinarian arrived on the scene to evaluate the animal. According to Rural Metro Spokesperson Jeff Bagwell, a UT veterinarian believes the horse is not injured. 

The UT vet believes the horse laid in the mud for many hours and upon the initial examination, the horse’s back legs did not work. 

Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. (KVERS) and Rural Metro Fire responded to the scene for an animal rescue. 

According to Capt. Douglas with RMF, the crew working with the horse said if they could get the horse to stand up, they would be able to walk the horse out of the little hole within the ditch it fell in. 

A report of a horse falling into a shallow ditch came into dispatch just before 3 p.m. The incident occurred in the 6300 block of Tazewell Pike. 

The horse was moved from the mud, standing on her feet, by 5:15 p.m. Thursday. 

Just after 8 p.m., Knox County Sheriff’s Office called the horse rescue result a “happy ending” and said Animal Rescue wants to remind everyone with large animals to check on them since all the rain lately has created some dangerous situations. 

The horse was able to walk back to the barn and seemed to be doing well. 

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