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Video shows stranded horse being rescued from flood waters near A3 in Guildford

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Video shows stranded horse being rescued from flood waters near A3 in Guildford

Published at 2:51pm 18th February 2020.

The RSPCA have released footage showing the rescue of a horse that had become trapped between the River Wey and A3 in Guildford due to flooding from Storm Dennis.

Specialist water rescue teams were called to the area near Parkway yesterday (17 February) after locals raised concerns about the pony who was struggling to stay on dry ground.

It's believed the young mare had been stuck there for as much as "a day or two" as the flood water continued to rise and forced her further and further into the undergrowth.

Watch as the pony is led to safety:

RSPCA animal welfare officer Carl Hone said:

“When we arrived we waded across the water - which was extremely deep in places - and could see that she’d been there for some time as she’d eaten the bark off all of the trees in the vicinity.

“We managed to carry some hay over for her and she devoured it; she was clearly hungry.”

RSPCA Guildford Horse Rescue
RSPCA Guildford Horse Rescue

RSPCA floods officer Nick Wheelhouse added:

“As the light was fading and the water was rising we had to act quickly so we decided the best option to rescue the pony quickly was a tethered swim.

“We put a guide line across the water and attached it to the pony’s head collar. We ensured it was quick-release in case anything happened as we didn’t want the pony to get tangled in the line.

“Thankfully, the pony was young and active and easily managed the short swim across the deepest section before finding her footing on the ground our side of the flood water."

RSPCA Guildford Horse Rescue

She was covered with a makeshift rug - an old sleeping bag - to help dry her off and warm up, before she was transported to a boarding yard nearby.

The pony is said to be settling in well at the yard where staff have named her Jemima Puddle Duck.

RSPCA officers left a note for the pony’s owners but if she isn’t claimed after 14 days then she’ll move to an RSPCA rehoming centre.

RSPCA Guildford Horse Rescue