SW Wash. horse, 24, rescued from deep mud

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KELSO, Wash. (AP) -- It took eight firefighters, three Humane Society staffers and a neighbor with an excavator to help the owners of a 24-year-old horse pull her free of a deep mud hole in Kelso, Wash.

Lt. Jason Sanders with Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue says "Cammy" was exploring her new home with Jeremy and Rachel Dillinger's other horse, Diablo, when she stepped into the deep mud Tuesday.

Her owners found her and called for help after trying for nearly two hours to free her themselves. The area Humane Society in turn contacted the fire and rescue unit.

With the help of neighbor John King's excavator, the larger crew managed to free the horse after another three hours.

Sanders says a vet from nearby Rainier, Ore., was called to ensure the horse was safe during the rescue and evaluate her afterward. But Cammy seems to have survived just fine.