Jason Finch co-ordinated the water rescue team for the RSPCA, he said they were pleased with how the effort had gone.
We had been taking food out to these horses and have been monitoring them since the area flooded as they were healthy and we hoped that flood waters would recede. However, it became clear that, with the worsening weather and further rain forecast we had to take the decision to move these horses.
The horses did not want to go through the deeper waters and we had to urge them on. The actual rescue took about two hours as we had to be extremely careful to minimise the risk to the animals as well as to ourselves. We’re pleased that the rescue was successful and that the horses are home and dry.”
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