Published: Nov 08, 2012 5:10 PM EST
Updated: Nov 09, 2012 9:56 AM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - 19 deputies used a wooden horse, pulleys and harnesses to practice large animal rescue at the Lee County Civic Center.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is using the new tool to save large animals during emergency situations.

"They've been doing awesome. It's been a real intense two days. We've started with different levels of skill, some guys has done these types of rescues, others hadn't," said John Haven with the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine.

The drill was made possible through a Homeland Security Grant worth $16,000 to pay for training and equipment.

"If livestock become stranded in water or trapped in mud, we'll have the equipment to get in a rescue the animal," said Sargent Randy Hodges, "We've had four livestock incidents just this year, where we could have used this equipment."

Now, if there's an emergency in Southwest Florida, LCSO will be able to lend the equipment to help 8 surrounding counties in the region including Hendry, Collier, Charlotte, Desoto, Sarasota, Highlands, and Glades.

The rescue equipment can be used for all sorts of large animals including horses, cows, llamas and even dogs.