Fire crew efforts fail to save stricken horse on Moray farm

Crew failed to save stricken horse for a second time

A bid by firefighters to rescue a stricken horse in Moray for a second time has failed.

The fire and rescue service team were called to Deskford on Monday morning when a 38-year-old horse was unable to get on his feet.

Jake was no stranger to fire crews, after escaping from his animal sanctuary home 18 months ago and getting himself stuck in marshland.

Firefighters managed to get him back on solid ground on that occasion – however, this time Jake, who suffered from bad arthritis, was unable to bear his own weight and sadly had to be put down.

Jake spent much of his life as a riding school pony for Riding for the Disabled before retiring to Moray with the Stevens family, who moved north from Norfolk two years ago to set up the animal rescue sanctuary and farm.

There are currently over 30 horses at the sanctuary as well as a donkey, pigs, chickens and geese. Owner Amy Stevens said that she and her family were hoping to achieve official charitable status this year.

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