Horse rescued from owners’ pool

by Wes Mayer

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Rescuers prepare to pull horse Lacey, sedated, out of the shallow end of the pool at a Handy Road home. 


Thanks to Coweta County Fire Department rescue crews and a local veterinarian, a seven-year-old horse was successfully rescued from its homeowner’s pool Tuesday afternoon.

Around 3 p.m., Tiffany Tobias was inside her home on Handy Road in western Coweta when she heard her horse, Lacey, fall into their pool, she told photographer Jeffrey Leo of The Newnan Times-Herald. Lacey apparently got out of her pasture, stepped into the pool and fell into the deep end. Tobias’ father-in-law, Jim Dawson. jumped into the pool to attempt to keep Lacey’s head above water, and Tobias called 911.

Rescue 1 and Engine 16 responded to the home, and Fire Captain Robby Flanagan was in charge of the scene. A local veterinarian, Dr. Daniel Weldon with Southern Crescent Equine Services, was also contacted. According to authorities, to get Lacey out, she would need to be sedated, harnessed and pulled out.

According to a witness at the scene, once Weldon was able to successfully sedate Lacey, harnesses attached to Rescue 1 were placed underneath her, pool floats were set up on the side of the pool and the truck safely pulled Lacey over the side. Rescuers were able to pull Lacey away from the pool, and afterwards, she stood up and began walking around with Tobias.

“The fire department did an excellent job,” Weldon said. “They got her in a good position where they could slide her out, and that was the only way she was probably getting out of there.”

Tobias told photographer Jeff Leo she is more than happy Lacey was rescued from the pool, and she would watch Lacey throughout the night. According to Weldon, Lacey remarkably only suffered a small scratch from the whole incident, so he gave her an anti-inflammatory, but he expects her to fully recover.



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