Old stuck-in-the mud is rescued
Miramar mare pulled from deep muck
BY EVAN S. BENN
ebenn@herald.com


Edity, a west Miramar horse, had good reason Tuesday to have a long face, as the old joke goes.

The 14-year-old brown Tennessee Walker breed escaped from her unlocked stall sometime early Tuesday morning and got stuck in three feet of quicksand-like mud at a neighbor's house.

Firefighters, police and public works employees heaved her out by mid-morning, using plywood boards, a backhoe and plenty of elbow grease.

But the 1,200-pound Edity, dehydrated and exhausted from the heat, couldn't stand up.

A veterinarian pumped steroids and more than three gallons of intravenous fluids into the horse, while her owners kept her cool with an icy sponge bath.

At 1:45 p.m., Edity stood, took a few uneasy first steps, then turned her rear to a horde of television cameras and relieved herself.

''She should be OK, she just needs some rest,'' said Dr. Heidi Thomas, who treated Edity at the scene in the 4300 block of Southwest 139th Avenue.

Thomas and owners Manny and Anny Gallego feared Edity could have developed ''tying up,'' a common term for serious muscle cramps that cause an inability to walk.

But when Edity's legs finally steadied beneath her, Anny Gallego said she was happy to see her horse upright again.

''We were scared for a while,'' Gallego said. ``But everyone was very patient, and this is just a big relief.''

Manny Gallego said he noticed Edity was missing about 8 a.m., when he went to check on his three horses. He found her a few houses away, belly-deep in mud.

''All the rain has made that area completely swampy,'' Miramar Fire-Rescue spokesman Romeo Lavarias said.

Rescuers swung into action after arriving at the scene. They towed Edity out of the mud on a plywood board dragged by a backhoe.

Before Edity was able to stand, emergency workers set up a plastic canopy to shield her from the sun.

They pointed a mist-spraying fan at her face, and a firefighter held an oxygen mask to one of her nostrils.

The horse rescue was nothing out of the ordinary for the Miramar emergency crews, Lavarias said.

''A lot of Miramar is very rural, so it's not unusual for us to get animal-related calls,'' he said. ``We still respond to cats getting stuck in trees.''