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Firefighters rescue horse from icy waters in northern Colorado

By: Madeline Novey, The Coloradoan
March 2, 2014 Updated: March 2, 2014 at 1:40 pm
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photo - Loveland Fire Rescue Authority crews rescued 12-year-old Sunny, who fell through the ice and into a small retention pond southwest of Loveland Sunday morning. (Michael Cerovski, The Coloradoan)
Loveland Fire Rescue Authority crews rescued 12-year-old Sunny, who fell through the ice and into a small retention pond southwest of Loveland Sunday morning. (Michael Cerovski, The Coloradoan) 

Loveland firefighters rescued a horse from frigid waters Sunday morning after she plunged through ice covering a pond.

At about 7:45 a.m., Loveland Fire Rescue Authority crews, including a special operations team trained in animal rescue, were called to 552 Quillan Gulch Road southwest of Loveland in unincorporated Larimer County. A neighbor had called 911 to report that Sunny, a 12-year-old horse, was stuck in a small retention pond where water climbed partway up her neck.

Battalion Chief Michael Cerovski said her owner waded into the pond and attempted to get her out to no avail before rescuers arrived. They chipped away ice that had formed around Sunny, got her turned around and led her back to solid ground where she was warmed and treated by a veterinarian.

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