Libertyville, Illinois – When the Hooved Animal Rescue and Protection Society (HARPS) received a call for help from a flooded farm, president Donna Ewing and several volunteers arrived to find a horrifying scene. Two barns, some outbuildings, and a couple cars were submerged in dirty flood water. The family’s miniature horse and two goats were in the still-dry garage, where rapidly rising flood waters would quickly kill them.
The family had never been faced with a flood before, and the shock of it was overwhelming. “A lot of the chickens had jumped in the water,” resident Angelo Komarov said. “It was dead animals floating around.”
Despite never performing a water rescue before, the HARPS team quickly donned hip waders and headed into the flood to save what animals were still alive. “We waded through the muck up to the house and barn,” Ewing said. “We found the rabbits and goose and hen and (miniature horse) desperately in need of help or they would have drown in the next wave.”
The rescue team put straps around the miniature horse’s belly and carried him 350 feet through 4 feet of flood water to safety. “They had to make sure it didn’t drink any of the somewhat toxic water,” HARPS executive director Jason Bitton said. “There were a lot of cars (with antifreeze and oil) on the property.”
The animals are at the HARP facility waiting for the flood waters to recede.
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