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Massachusetts officials, firefighters, race to save horse that was trapped after falling through floor


“This 8 year old horse named Valcour had quite the day yesterday! The Lipizzaner gelding fell through the floor of his stall and was trapped in between levels. His owner called for help, and our specialized Large Animal Rescue team rushed to the scene along with first responders to help him.

It took about four hours and the help of everyone, but we were able to get this sweet horse out with no life threatening injuries. Valcour is expected to make a full recovery and his owners say he’s already walking around normally today! Thanks to the Ipswich Fire Department, SRH Veterinary Services, and the Northeast Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team – we couldn’t have done it without them!

We work hard to train first responders on how to handle these kinds of emergencies, and they know they can call us… But this is also a good example of why it’s important that everyone with pets (including horses) knows what to do when emergencies happen.

Our team offered specialized Large Animal Rescue Training that uses innovative rescue equipment to conduct hands-on workshops. The next training is scheduled for June 23 and is open to members of the public as well as first responders to attend. For more information and to register, please visit

If you are a fire department, school, veterinary office, or other organization that would be interesting in hosting a group training for your team, please reach out directly to”-MSPCA-Angell.

MSPCA-Angell photo.

MSPCA-Angell photo.

MSPCA-Angell photo.

MSPCA-Angell photo.

MSPCA-Angell photo.

About Joe Silvia

When Joe isn't writing, he's coaching people to punch each other in the face. He enjoys ancient cultures, dead and living languages, cooking, benching 999#s, and saving the elderly, babies and puppies from burning buildings. While he enjoys long walks on the beach, he will not be your alarm clock, because he's no ding-a-ling.

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