Police and Fire Departments Unite for an Unusual Horse Rescue

Posted by Paige Cerulli
Horse Rescue
Southampton Police Department via Facebook

When Peg Burgess discovered her horse, Levi, in a barn hayloft, a very unusual horse rescue was set in motion.

Unsure exactly how Levi made his way up to the hayloft, Burgess tried to convince the horse to walk back down the stairs, but no matter what she said or did, he wouldn’t budge.

She eventually called for help, and while waiting for emergency responders to arrive, she hosed Levi off to keep him cool. It was ninety degrees outside and Levi had been in the barn overnight.

Luckily for Levi, emergency services were on the way.

Posted by Southampton Police Department-Massachusetts on Saturday, September 30, 2017

Members of the Southampton Police and Fire, Easthampton Fire, and Westhampton Fire Departments arrived to help with the unusual horse rescue.

Posted by Southampton Police Department-Massachusetts on Saturday, September 30, 2017

After a vet tranquilized Levi, everyone worked together to strap Levi down onto a giant sled used for large animal rescue. Levi was carefully lowered down to the first floor of the barn, and after some time, he woke up and got back to his feet – safely on the ground where he belongs.

Posted by Southampton Police Department-Massachusetts on Saturday, September 30, 2017


Rescuing large animals, such as horses, is a challenge. Not only can large animals be dangerous to work with – especially when they’re scared or injured – but teams need special training in how to best handle large animals.

The Westhampton Fire Department has a large animal rescue unit and about $5,000 worth of equipment specifically for use in such rescues. More and more departments are investing in the training and equipment needed for large animal rescue.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where a horse needs rescuing, call 911.

How would you react if you found your horse in the hayloft? Let us know in the comments.

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Police and Fire Departments Unite for an Unusual Horse Rescue