Crews come to the rescue of Lilly the horse

Crews from Bedworth and the Large Animal Rescue Team from Rugby came to the rescue of Lilly the horse today after she fell through the roof of a derelict outbuilding.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service were called out at 7.26 this morning to a trapped horse on Dove Close in Bedworth. On arrival, they found 12 year old Lilly the horse trapped under a pile of rubble and wooden panels after she went through the roof of an overgrown derelict outbuilding. Due to the horse being trapped under heavy materials, a vet was called to sedate the horse, so that crews could work safely to remove the panels and rubble without distressing her.

Once the vet had sedated Lilly, crews worked quickly using cutting gear and hand tools to remove the main bulk of the rubble. Lilly was very patient throughout the rescue and luckily walked away with just a few scrapes on her hind legs.

Talking about the incident, Crew Commander from Bedworth Fire Station, Ben Shaw said:
“As soon as we arrived, we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy job to free the horse, so we called in for the assistance of our Large Animal Rescue Team from Rugby Fire Station. Once the horse was sedated, the crews quickly got to work clearing the roofing and rubble, so it could be lifted to free the horse.

“A huge thanks goes to the vet working with us, it was a real team effort. It is always great at the end of these types of incidents to see the animal freed safely back into their owners care. It really does make your day!”
For more information on Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service log onto www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fireandrescue