Community Comes Together To Free A Horse Who Got Stuck Trying To Escape California Fires

Gina Silva, a reporter with Fox 11, was covering the spreading wildfires near Sylmar, California when she stumbled upon another emergency early Tuesday morning.

She found an older horse trapped in a ditch, his feet in the air, and clearly in distress. Silva believed he had fallen into the crevice while fleeing the fire.

She had limited resources at her disposal, so Silva took to Twitter immediately, posting a picture of the trapped horse and a plea for help.

Firefighters were busy stamping out the nearby blaze, viewers on their way to work stopped what they were doing and jumped into action.

In only 20 minutes, several people who had seen Silva’s posts or had been following the live coverage of the trapped horse on TV arrived at the scene, offered their assistance — and it made all the difference.

The group quickly pooled their skills to make the horse more comfortable and tried to free him.

“A veterinarian tranquilized the horse, others began moving furniture out of a garage and LA County fire freed up a small crew to help with the rescue,” Silva wrote on Instagram. “They all tore down the wall to free the animal.”

Horse Rescue. Early this morning we came across this horse that got stuck in a small crevice as it was running away from the #CreekFire in #Sylmar. We took the emergency live asking for help because firefighters were busy battling the fire. In a matter of 20 minutes.. several viewers sprung into action. A veterinarian tranquilized the horse, others began moving furniture out of a garage and LA County fire freed up a small crew to help with the rescue. They all tore down the wall to free the animal. The horse was then immediately transported to a nearby animal hospital. A big thanks to all of the rescuers. We are certainly hoping this horse recovers from his injuries. #Horses #HorseRescue #Fire #LaCountyFire #Rescue #FoxLA

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While the fire ripped through Southern California, it became clear to viewers watching the rescue unfold in real time that the destruction could not tear their community apart.

“It was amazing to see the viewers spring into action this morning!!! There still is good in this world!” one Instagram user wrote in a comment.

The horse was taken to a nearby animal hospital around 9 a.m., where he was treated for his injuries and reunited with his owners.

Whether the horse will make a full recovery is still unknown, but all signs point to “yes.”

“‘Kenny’ was doing better as of 9:30 p.m. tonight. He is up on all four legs. All bandaged up and treated,” another Instagram user commented. “He is the nicest calm boy with loving owners.”

His recovery is a miracle, after the ordeal that the horse suffered. He has Silva and quick-thinking neighbors to thank.

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