LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!
Those may have been the sentiments of an elderly horse in Lee County on Sunday,
Officers with the Lee County Agricultural Unit were able to successfully get the horse back on its feet, using livestock rescue equipment. Once standing, the horse walked away on its own.
Sgt. Randy Hodges oversees the Agriculture Crimes unit at the sheriff's office, now saddled with new equipment to give animals in distress a second chance.
He says, "it's difficult to handle a 1200 pound horse without our 'A frame.' We just had to do what we could, rely on folks with a crane. But now we have the equipment, we can do the job and get it done and not call for other help."
In November, the large animal rescue team received a grant for training and equipment to respond to cases like this. Since then, Hodges says they've made three rescues.
He says the horse was on the ground for hours, but the rescue took a matter of minutes. "He's doing fine, walking around. He went right away to get something to eat, so he was happy to be back up."