Ore. fire crews pull old horse from septic tank

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland firefighters responding to a 911 call from a woman who said her horse had fallen into an old septic tank found a 34-year-old Quarter Horse stuck with only her head above ground level.

The initial fire crew called Monday afternoon for the rope rescue team from a downtown Portland station.

Lt. Justin de Ruyter says the rope team quickly rigged up a pulley system that firefighters used to help lift the horse vertically and then forward from the hole.

Owner Martha Johnston is grateful for the rescue of the animal she calls Roxy “The Wonder Horse.” She says Roxy is a sweet old horse who has taught many children how to ride.

The fire spokesman says Roxy’s only injury seemed to be a front leg cut. The old horse was visibly stressed and shaking but able to walk on her own to her barn after a bath.