Horse rescue takes hours

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A 29-year-old horse named Starlight, owned by Danny and Linda Doherty, hit a streak of bad luck when she slipped into a deep crevice in a Big Sandy pasture on Sunday evening. She was rescued three hours later by crews from the Benton County Rescue Squad (BCRS), Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and Melton Wrecker Service.

Using the Doherty’s tractor, the crew was able to hoist the exhausted horse to solid ground. David Tuck of the BCRS said the squad had four personnel on site helping in the extraction.

The sheriff said the call came in around 4:30 p.m. from Cedarwood Dr. Once on the scene, authorities found the black mare stuck in a deep hole. “Benton County Rescue Squad did an incredible job. Our guys pitched in and the old girl was able to walk away,” Christopher said.

The sheriff said after checking on Starlight on Monday, she was sore, but up and walking.

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