RSPCA officers rescue horses from flooded fields

RSPCA officers in the New Forest have gone to the aid of horses trapped in flooded fields.

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VIDEO: Horses rescued from flooded fields in Dorset

A herd of horses have been rescued from flood waters at Christchurch in Dorset. The animals were stranded in a flooded field, next to the fast flowing River Avon. Officers from the RSPCA eventually managed to lead them to safety, in an operation which took several hours to complete.

Officers said the complex operation near Stoney Lane in Christchurch took place in dangerous conditions. It took several hours because the animals, being wild, were uncooperative, but they were all eventually led to safety. The horses have been moved to a dry area with food and water.

RSPCA officers cut through fences to rescue horses from flooded fields

RSPCA rescue teams waded through the flood water to cut through fences Credit: Fire Aid/Simon Rowley
The waters had reached waist deep on what used to be the banks of the River Avon Credit: Fire Aid/Simon Rowley
The horses make their way to drier ground (if there is such a thing) Credit: Fire Aid/Simon Rowley

RSPCA rescue crews from Dorset were called out to rescue horses trapped in a flooded field at Christchurch. They worked for more than four hours to cut through fences - often in water that was coming up to their waists. Eventually all the animals were led to drier ground.

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