Horse rescued from creek in Dungeness UPDATED

The community came together to rescue a horse on Thursday morning.

Lisa Hopper

Lisa Hopper

The community came together to rescue a horse on Thursday morning.

Clallam County Fire District 3 reports a horse, named J.D., wandered into Meadowbrook Creek sometime in the evening on Wednesday, Aug. 5, behind 82 Meadow Drive near Sequim-Dungeness Way.

Law enforcement and rescue teams were called around 8:59 a.m. Aug. 6, to the scene.

Fire district officials report neighbors saw the horse walking in the creek behind its owner, Lynne Garvin’s home, and by morning it became fatigued struggling in the creek.

Representatives from the fire department — Becca Yucha and Larry Parker, City of Sequim Animal Control Officer Lisa Hopper and Tim Johnson with the Clallam County Roads Department supported the horse in the water and with a crane driven by John Gloor from Nash’s Organic Produce, J.D. was lifted out of the water around noon.

Erik Splawn, a veterinarian with Happy Valley Veterinary Service, treated the horse, which was eating grass moments after being hoisted out of the water. J.D. stood a few minutes later.

It was returned to its owner with minor injuries.

“This was a team effort by all agencies involved and a positive outcome to the rescue,” said Captain Chris Turner with the fire district.

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office also helped with the incident and neighbors with the group Friends of Dungeness called in the incident.



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