Jul 29, 2014
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Salem Firefighters Rescue Snow-Trapped Horse

Members of the Salem Fire Department were called to help a trapped horse on Robinson Road Saturday morning.

Salem Firefighters Rescue Snow-Trapped Horse

In addition to extinguishing two snowplow fires in white-out conditions overnight, Salem firefighters can add saving a trapped horse to their growing list of duties performed during The Blizzard of 2013.

At approximately 10 a.m., local firefighters responded to Robinson Road to assist the owner of a large horse who reported that the animal somehow got itself trapped under a fence while rolling around in the snow.

"She wasn't really trapped, she was just rolling around in the snow and got herself too close to a fence and ended up stuck there," firefighter Erin Griffin said.

Using one of the owner's "horse straps", local firefighters manually pulled the 2,000-pound Belgian away from the fence and once freed, she reportedly popped right up and went back to enjoying the more than a foot of snow that fell in Salem overnight.

"She was hungry," Griffin said. "She just got right up and was moving around."

Chalk this call up in the "things you only deal with during a blizzard" column.

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