Firefighters rescue horse from frozen pond near Loveland

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LOVELAND, Colo. — Firefighters rescued a horse early Sunday after the animal got stuck in a partially frozen pond west of Loveland.

The owner of Sonny, a 13-year-old female horse, found the animal in a 6-foot-deep pond on Quillan Gulch Road about 8 a.m., the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority said. He worked alone for at least an hour before responders arrived.

A large animal rescue team found the horse about 20 feet from the pond’s edge, with the surface having partially refrozen, firefighters said. The animal was exhausted, so rescuers had to use a large tarp to haul it out of the water.

The animal was expected to survive.