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Firefighters rescue horses from ice-covered pond

February 10, 2013

NEWBURG, Pa. — More than 15 firefighters responded to 10389 Newburg Road in Lurgan Township, Pa., on Sunday morning after receiving a report of a horse slipping through ice on a pond.

When crews arrived shortly after 11 a.m., they found five or six horses standing on ice covering a large pond, according to Kevin Singer, a captain with the Newburg-Hopewell Volunteer Fire Department.

One of the draft horses had fallen through the ice, Singer said.

Singer said firefighters, who remained on land, used feed to lure the horses off the ice. They used rope to pull the remaining horse out of the pond.

Crews put the horses in a barn.

The farm owner returned home toward the end of the rescue and thanked the firefighters, Singer said. The man said he was going to call a veterinarian to have them examined, he said.

Newburg Road is near Roxbury, Pa., in the northeast part of Franklin County.

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— Jennifer Fitch

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