Mare rescued from South Florida pond

SOUTHWEST RANCHES, Fla. — A horse was rescued on Wednesday after falling into a South Florida pond located near the eastern edge of the Everglades.

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The mare, named Daisy, was stuck in a pond in the Southwest Ranches area of Broward County, located southwest of Fort Lauderdale.

“We noticed the mare in the water was drowning,” Ricardo Alonzo, the owner of the mare, told WSVN-TV.

“The pond that’s here is probably 10 to 15 feet deep,” Davie Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Aneel Mehra told reporters. “It had a very deep shoreline and the horse (was) unable to get out.”

First responders, along with Alonzo, worked for several hours to free the animal, WPLG-TV reported.

“We tried to throw ropes to get her, and we managed to get her to a corner,” Alonzo told WSVN. “(It) took a couple hours to get her out.”

“The horse was able to gather itself and had enough energy to basically self extricate from the pond and only had minor injuries,” Mehra told reporters.

Daisy was checked by a veterinarian and given a clean bill of health, according to WPLG.