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Horse reunited with owner after Bedworth building collapse

By Nuneaton News  |  Posted: February 17, 2017

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Lilly was very patient throughout the rescue and walked away with just a few scrapes.

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A HORSE, who was left trapped under a collapsed building, has been reunited with its owner following a successful rescue by firefighters.

Lilly, a 12-year-old horse, was left trapped under a mountain of rubble and wooden panels after she went through the roof of an overgrown derelict outbuilding.

Talking about the incident, Crew Commander from Bedworth Fire Station, Ben Shaw said: "As soon as we arrived, we knew it wasn't going to be an easy job to free the horse, so we called in for the assistance of our Large Animal Rescue Team from Rugby Fire Station.

"Once the horse was sedated, the crews quickly got to work clearing the roofing and rubble, so it could be lifted to free the horse."

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service were called out at 7.26am this morning (February 17) to a trapped horse on Dove Close in Bedworth.

On arrival, crews found 12-year-old Lilly trapped under a pile of rubble

Due to the horse being trapped under heavy materials, a vet was called to sedate the horse, so that crews could work safely to remove the panels and rubble without distressing her.

Once the vet had sedated Lilly, crews worked quickly using cutting gear and hand tools to remove the main bulk of the rubble.

Lilly was very patient throughout the rescue and luckily walked away with just a few scrapes on her hind legs.

Crew Commander Ben Shaw added: "A huge thanks goes to the vet working with us, it was a real team effort. It is always great at the end of these types of incidents to see the animal freed safely back into their owners care. It really does make your day!"

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