- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

ORANGEVALE, Calif. (AP) - Rescue workers have euthanized a horse after it became stuck in a fence at a Northern California rescue facility.

Sacramento fire and animal rescue specialists responded to Ponyland in Orangevale around 6 a.m. Monday. The horse - a 1,500-pound mare named Opal - had gotten two of her hooves stuck in a metal fence inside her stall.

She was freed from the fence, but unable to stand on her own despite being raised with a mechanical lift and given oxygen and fluids.

The 17-year-old horse was administered a lethal injection and died a little past 12 p.m.

Ponyland owner Kimberly Hunter told the Sacramento Bee (https://bit.ly/1JRh53f) she thinks the horse had been stuck for eight hours before fire officials arrived.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com


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