10 Horses and a Dog Rescued from Florida Barn Floodwaters

Posted by Stacey Venzel
horses irma flood
Highlands County Sheriff's Office

Rescuers saved a barn of animals from rising flood waters in Sebring, Florida.

A creek in the town of Sebring, FL rose to historic levels in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, deputies told Kiro 7 News. The flooding isolated a barn full of 10 horses and a dog on top of a hilltop.

Highlands County Sheriff's Office deputies trudged through waist- and chest-deep water to get to the animals and guide them to safety.

Animal Services and the Ag Unit teamed up yesterday afternoon to rescue 10 horses (and one dog doing her best to be Michael Phelps) from Lakeside Stables on U.S. 98.Arbuckle Creek has risen to historic levels and trapped the horses in the barn and on a small hill that stayed above water. The horses were led out by hand through water up to chest deep and loaded on a trailer to be taken to a more suitable stable to wait for the water to recede.

Posted by Highlands County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, September 14, 2017

The animals boarded a trailer awaiting them. They will return to the barn once the floodwaters recede.

(Post 2 of 4) Animal Services and the Ag Unit teamed up yesterday afternoon to rescue 10 horses (and one dog doing her best to be Michael Phelps) from Lakeside Stables on U.S. 98.Arbuckle Creek has risen to historic levels and trapped the horses in the barn and on a small hill that stayed above water. The horses were led out by hand through water up to chest deep and loaded on a trailer to be taken to a more suitable stable to wait for the water to recede.

Posted by Highlands County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, September 14, 2017

(Post 3 of 4) Animal Services and the Ag Unit teamed up yesterday afternoon to rescue 10 horses (and one dog doing her best to be Michael Phelps) from Lakeside Stables on U.S. 98.Arbuckle Creek has risen to historic levels and trapped the horses in the barn and on a small hill that stayed above water. The horses were led out by hand through water up to chest deep and loaded on a trailer to be taken to a more suitable stable to wait for the water to recede.

Posted by Highlands County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, September 14, 2017

 
Numerous other animal rescue and survival stories are being reported, including exotic farm animals riding out Irma in jail cells in Key West, FL.


Hurricane Irma stranded hundreds of animals, but animal shelters around the U.S. are working to help them find their way home. If you're feeling generous, considering donating to one of the many animal centers affected by the storm.

Do you know of a feel-good hurricane rescue story? Tell us about it in the comments below!

WATCH NOW: How to Prepare Your Pet for an Emergency

oembed rumble video here

10 Horses and a Dog Rescued from Florida Barn Floodwaters