It is always encouraging to see how people work to save animals in need. This happened when two Clydesdales were helplessly trapped in ice water before the rescue by local firefighters. In February 2019, two horses, Gunther and William, abandoned their farm near Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Then, the horse walked on the ice and fell into the cold water.The local fire department was called to rescue Clydesdales, but because there was no easy way to rescue these heavy animals from the water, the operation proved difficult.”We can’t pick them up, put them on the ice, and then push them onto the boat,” Leon Clapper, chief of the Blue Ridge Hook Ladder Fire Company, told WNEP.But the crew quickly found a solution to keep the horses safe. With a chain saw, they can dig a trench in the ice to keep the horses safe.
As soon as the Clydesdales landed, the vet dried them up there. Neighbors who watched the scene said that the horse was trembling with cold. “He was trembling, trembling, trembling, his legs were frozen, so bend his legs, move his legs,” neighbor Arlene Reading recalled. “This has never happened in 54 years. We have never lost an animal or a person in a lake, so this is the first time.”
Then the horses returned to their home in Quiet Valley Farm, where everyone was very pleased with their return and they were recovering steadily. “Bless your heart, they are good horses, strong horses. This is definitely something to their advantage,” Deborah DiPasquale of the farm told WNEP. “I am glad to see that they have a good appetite and they all stand up. This is always an important sign of horses.”
According to Facebook updates, these horses continue to receive proper veterinary care. But when the two stand up again, the court will ensure that they will not get into trouble again. The farm joked: “In the foreseeable future, you will be imprisoned: no fun after get off work, no girlfriends, mobile phones, etc.”
Thanks to these quick-thinking firefighters, they brought these horses to a safe place! We are happy to hear that they are in good health and recovering!