Horse rescued from German Twp. sinkhole expected to be OK

A horse is expected to be OK after it was rescued from a sinkhole in German Twp. on Monday, according to a veterinarian.

Police and firefighters responded to the 6000 block of Ballentine Pike on Monday morning after they were alerted of a horse trapped in a hole by the property owners.

RELATED: Horse successfully pulled from hole in German Township

“The horses were out all night,” German Twp. Police Chief Michael Stitzel said. “They … came back in to feed them and noticed that one horse didn’t come in.”

First responders arrived to find the 800 pound horse in a sinkhole.

“The horse was … deep into the hole,” Stitzel said. “The only thing that was sticking out was the head.”

The field where the horse was is near a drainage ditch, Stitzel said. That and recent heavy rains may have been what caused the sinkhole.

Officers called a veterinarian, he said, to ensure the safety of the horse during the rescue. Lindsay Long, a veterinarian with Walnut Grove Veterinary Services, was on scene to keep the horse calm.

“The horse was pretty quiet because it was in shock,” Long said. “But I gave it a little bit of tranquilizer to calm it down a little bit and just keep personnel safe.”

The personnel on scene needed more than manpower, Stitzel said. A nearby farmer lent the rescue team a backhoe to use to pull the horse out.

After about two hours, he said, rescuers were able to pull the horse from the hole. She was able to walk shortly after.

“It’s promising that she’s walking,” Long said.

READ MORE: At least 4 victims extricated from crash in German Twp., Clark County

The veterinarian said she’ll examine the horse and give it antibiotics to prevent an infection. She also plans to leave the owners with some pain medicine for the horse, she said.

The horse’s owner declined to comment.

Both Long and Stitzel said they’d never seen anything like the rescue in their years of work.

“Never,” Stitzel said. “I’ve been to some places where they’ve been stuck in some mud or cattle and so on but never in a sinkhole.”

He doesn’t believe the horse was trapped in the hole for long.

“The horse appears to be healthy,” he said. “Just a little sleepy right now and it’s slowly coming out of it.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Community News

Springfield man accused of fighting with deputy
Springfield man accused of fighting with deputy

Clark County jailers alleged a man fought with deputies and wouldn’t obey their commands. Brooks Nawman, 33, was in the Clark County Jail on Sunday, July 23, on a charge of obstruction when he allegedly began kicking the window to his cell. CRIME: Springfield woman accused of driving drunk, crashing SUV with 4 kids “As Deputy Moses Young...
Must see: Infant photo shoot fit for Disney princesses
Must see: Infant photo shoot fit for Disney princesses

All little girls are princesses in their parents eyes when they’re born, but a California photographer has made the dream come true. Karen Marie of Belly Beautiful Portraits came up with the idea of dressing the newborns as Ariel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Belle and Jasmine, KCRA reported.
TSA ends testing, will not screen passengers’ books separately
TSA ends testing, will not screen passengers’ books separately

TSA officials will not screen and search books separate from luggage during security checks before passengers board planes at airports across the country. The agency announced the decision to end testing the practice at select airports at the end of June. Testing was being performed at two U.S. airports. >> Read more trending news Many people...
Clark County Pet of the Week
Clark County Pet of the Week

Meet Jimbo. He is an approximately 2-year-old mix who weighs 60 pounds. Jimbo is vaccinated, dewormed, neutered, rabies vaccinated, heartworm negative and microchipped. His adoption fee is $100 which includes his dog license. Jimbo is located at the Humane Society Serving Clark County, 5201 Urbana Road, in Springfield. Shelter hours are 1 to 7 p.m...
Moon’s interior could hold vast quantities of water – why is that good news? 
Moon’s interior could hold vast quantities of water – why is that good news? 

A group of Brown University scientists has discovered evidence suggesting the moon is hiding a lot more water than previously thought. The researchers studied layers of lunar rock samples containing tiny glass beads formed from magma inside the moon billions of years ago, trapping water inside them.  After examining satellite data to see where...
More Stories