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Firefighters rescue horse twice in one night

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GOSHEN, OR (KPTV/AP) -

Tuesday was a rough day for Katie Sue.

The 27-year-old draft horse was rescued by firefighters -- twice -- after getting herself stuck, first in the 4-feet-square opening of a well, and later in the mud.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports Katie Sue was scraped and exhausted, but was doing fine and grazing as usual by the next day.

It took 35 firefighters from five departments to rescue her from the well near Goshen, south of Eugene.

"When we would talk in loud voices, it would upset her and she'd start to move more," said Denise Wolting, from the Goshen Fire Department. "Not knowing if she was going to fall in, it was very nerve-wracking for everyone."

They used pulleys, chains, a backhoe and eight firefighters on each side to lift the fire hoses they'd run beneath the sedated 1,500-pound animal.

Three hours later, Fire Chief David Wolting got a call at home. He returned with about 10 firefighters to hoist Katie Sue from the mud.

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