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DOVER, Del. — A horse was recovered from the mud Friday afternoon, March 27 on a farm on Nault Road in Dover, near Pearson’s Corner. According to a report from the Dover Fire Department, the Large Animal Rescue Team and Kent County Special Operations Team were immediately requested. Units arrived to find the farmer with a large draft horse that had been partially submerged in the mud for about 30 minutes. An equine veterinarian was also requested.

As specialized units arrived on scene, the area around the animal was shored to provide a work area. Special equipment — including a hoist attached to a tripod — was utilized to lift the animal and place shoring underneath. After an almost two hour ordeal, the animal was able to walk out of the pasture under its own power, reported DFD.

A statement from Dover Fire Department, thanked the members of the Special Ops and Large Animal Rescue Teams, “They were paramount in the successful outcome of this rescue. We would also like to thank the Brenford Animal Hospital P A for their response to the scene.”

It was later reported by the veterinarian that the horse was finally warm and resting comfortably and was expected to make a full recovery.

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