Horse Trapped by Snow in Pr. George’s Co. Dies

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Credit: Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department

Credit: Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department

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Updated: 5:58 p.m. Feb. 13, 2014
Original: 11:54 a.m. Feb. 13, 2014

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A horse that was rescued from a snow-covered barn Thursday has died after failing to recover from a medical issue.

Authorities responded to the 9900 block of Old Ardwick-Ardmore Road in Springdale around 10 a.m.

A horse at the address, 31-year-old “Robbie,” had become sick or injured and required emergency veterinary services. It had become so exhausted from trying to free itself from the deep snow that it collapsed overnight.

A vet was called to the scene to treat the animal.

The Prince George’s County fire/EMS department assisted in accessing the horse by setting up a rigging system to lift it up.

Experts on the scene told emergency responders that it is not good for a sick horse to be laying down for an extended period of time.

After several hours, the horse did not show signs of improvement or being able to stand on its own, police say. The owner and vet decided to euthanize the horse Thursday afternoon.

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