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Operation horse rescue launched on A40 at Over

By citizengibbon  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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Fire and rescue crews worked with the RSPCA today to ensure horses stranded in floodwater at Walham were given the urgent treatment they needed

The horses, at Severnside Farm, had been isolated by the rising waters and farmers were unable to get food to them.

This morning police closed the stretch of the A40 at Over Causeway before fire and rescue crews used their equipment to lower bales of hay from the bridge to the farmland below.

In total, 10 bales were lowered to be taken to the animals, which were nearby on dry land.

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Rescue teams then worked to ferry members of the RSPCA and a vet to the horses, which weren’t accessible except over floodwater.

The animals, some of which had become dehydrated, were checked over and treated when necessary.

Gloucestershire’s Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: “Though the worst of the floods has now passed, our firefighters are out in the county every day, making sure that residents and animals are safe.

“In this case, our crews were on site for a number of hours to make sure that the horses were fed and safe. It was a fantastic effort and a good example of the very varied responses that the county council is providing to isolated communities at this time.”

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  • TimMessanger  |  December 02 2012, 1:55PM

    Having problems with the RSPCA then this forum might be of some help. http://tinyurl.com/cdve4ns

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  • TimMessanger  |  December 02 2012, 1:34PM

    Are the RSPCA going to prosecute the "farmer" for neglect as they should? No they won't because it's not good publicity! Don't be fooled by the website this is a really well researched and written piece! http://tinyurl.com/7phzamn

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  • FreeRadical1  |  November 30 2012, 5:54PM

    That's considered waste land because it floods for months of the year. So, yes, the person who bought the land and put horses out there at this time of year is an idiot. Is the owner going to pay any money towards the rescue?

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  • gallopingbear  |  November 30 2012, 5:28PM

    Aprepper "My god there are some stupid people around." Does that also go for everybody whose house flooded because they bought a house without checking if it was likely to flood? What about people who live in America, how stupid are they to live in a country where there are tornados and earthquakes huh! We have all suffered from freak weather and have all been helping each other out. These people needed help just as much as anybody and have lost all their possessions. Perhaps you are just bitter because Mummy didn't buy a pony when you were small. I hope that you were out with sandbags making sure your elderly neighbours were ok. Or perhaps it was just a matter of 'I'm alright Jack'

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  • aprepper  |  November 29 2012, 6:26PM

    The owner was on the news this evening and said they had recently bought the land and did not know it flooded! Did they not research the land before hand, get a land survey done, talk to locals or did they think that it was so cheap that it didn't matter? She also talked about making their home there and their belongings were in two containers (now flooded). By god there are some stupid people around. Well done to the fire and rescue guys for their effort in ensuring those horses had food and water.

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