Robbie the horse still struggling after snow rescue
Update 5:45 p.m.:
Robbie’s owners decided that they would put the 31-year-old horse down, Lynh Bui reports.
“Showing no signs of improvement and not being able to stand on his own, the owner and a vet made a very difficult decision to euthanize the horse earlier this afternoon,” according to a statement from the Prince George’s fire and rescue department.
Lynh Bui’s earlier report:
About four hours after Prince George’s County firefighters were first called to help rescue a horse from the snow in Springdale, “Robbie” still hasn’t stood up on his back legs, officials said.
When firefighters last checked at about 2 p.m., the family was trying to decide whether or not to put the 31-year-old horse down, county fire spokesman Mark Brady said. The family has been consulting several vets and even got help from the mounted unit of the U.S. Park Police.
“They’re giving the horse as much time as possible to get feeling back in its legs and maybe stand up,” Brady said. “When a horse lies on its side for an extended period, it develops some circulation problems.”
Earlier in the day firefighters helped rig a system to try to lift the horse up after heavy snow trapped it in a barn. But after a while, Robbie stopped making attempts to stand up, Brady said. The horse was eating some straw out of the bed the family made with help from firefighters. Robbie was left in a seated position as rescue crews left.
“Certainly the firefighters have personal concern for the horse and family and they’ll check in on them a little bit later on this evening,” Brady said.