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Horse gets a lift after getting stuck in Huntington Beach trash bin

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Firefighters work to rescue a horse from a trash bin in Huntington Beach on Friday.
(Courtesy of Huntington Beach Fire Department)

Huntington Beach firefighters weren’t horsing around when they came to the aid Friday of a four-legged resident that found itself in a tight spot.

Workers were called for an animal rescue at Goldenwest Stables near Goldenwest Street and Ellis Avenue at about 2:30 p.m., the Fire Department said.

They found a brown and white horse standing in a trash bin.

“Our crews assessed the scene and realized we were going to need some help,” Fire Department spokesman Eric McCoy said.

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The Orange County Fire Authority’s heavy rescue team was called to assist since “there are members of their crew that specialize in large-animal rescue,” McCoy said.

A veterinarian sedated the horse so it wouldn’t hurt itself or anyone else during the rescue, the Fire Department said.

A harness was used to secure the horse to a forklift before it was lifted out of the bin, McCoy said.

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The animal suffered minor leg injuries, but “all in all, it was a good rescue,” McCoy said.

It wasn’t clear how the horse ended up in the bin, McCoy said, noting that “it’s quite a curious incident.”

Goldenwest Stables could not be reached for comment.

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Workers prepare to free a horse from a trash bin Friday at Goldenwest Stables in Huntington Beach.
(Courtesy of Huntington Beach Fire Department)


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