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Fatigued Horse Has To Be Rescued From Santa Ana River Bottom

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This horse had to be helped to his feet Sunday. (credit: Fire Captain Dave Semple/CAL FIRE)

This horse had to be helped to his feet Sunday. (credit: Fire Captain Dave Semple/CAL FIRE)

NORCO (CBSLA.com) — A weak and tired horse had to be rescued Sunday from the Santa Ana river bottom in Norco.

Officials received a call just before noon regarding the horse’s condition, according to a spokeswoman for the Riverside County Fire Department.

Firefighters and an animal rescue team went a mile into the trail in the Hidden Valley Wildlife area, said Jody Hagemann of Riverside County Fire.

The horse looked gaunt and emaciated — no word on how long it might have been there or how it got to the river bottom.

Rescuers set up a hoist on a tripod to get the horse on its feet.

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