Portland firefighters rescue horse from old septic tank

Portland firefighters rescue horse from old septic tank

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland firefighters rescued a 34-year-old Quarter horse from a Northeast Portland septic tank Monday afternoon.

Roxy fell in the old tank at about 4:30 at 13th and Gertz and was stuck for about half an hour with only her head visible above ground.

About a dozen firefighters managed to pull the horse out of the hole using a pulley system and help her stand up again. She spent a few minutes lying on her side.

Firefighters said the horse was visibly shaken and suffered a cut on her front leg. They bandaged the leg before a veterinarian arrived.

After getting hosed down and cleaned up, Roxy was able to walk back to the barn under her own power.

Roxy's owner, Martha Johnston, said she's confident her horse will make a full recovery.

"Roxy has helped to teach many children over the years how to ride," Johnston told firefighters. "She's a sweet old horse that we love dearly. The firefighters were great this afternoon."