Horse handler thanks rescuers

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Firefighters and a vet who worked for more than three hours to help a horse trapped between two stable blocks have been praised.

Dougie, a 23-year-old shire-cross, was found in distress by handler Christine Brindle at stables in Pond Hall Road, Hadleigh, on Saturday.

After several attempts to get the horse to its feet, Mrs Brindle called in firefighters, who worked with vet Clinton Float, from Catley Cross Veterinary Clinic.

“The two fire crews that came to the aid of our wonderful old horse did an amazing job in getting him back on his feet in very trying circumstances,” said Mrs Brindle.

“All the men were so focused on getting Dougie back on his feet without causing him or us any more undue stress and anxiety.”

Crews from Ipswich and Lowestoft arrived shortly before 3pm and used airbags and a winch to lift Dougie.

It took a number of attempts to get the horse up, but crews were able to leave at around 6.45pm.

“I am just so grateful for their help,” said Mrs Brindle.

Unfortunately, Dougie died on Monday morning after falling to the ground once again.

n Firefighters were called to rescue a cat after it became trapped in a building in Sudbury on Boxing Day.

One crew from the town attended a house in School Street at around 9.20am and freed the cat.