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Horse put down after falling into hole in Cherokee County

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Horse rescue (Source: Tim Cavender) Horse rescue (Source: Tim Cavender)

Veterinarians had to put down a horse after it was rescued from a hole in Cherokee County on Monday night.

The horse got stuck just before 7 p.m. on a trail near Curtis Road.

Brittany Holt, who was riding the horse, said she and eight of her friends were riding their horses in the area when she noticed a couple horses at the front of the pack struggle to cross part of the trail.

As she and her horse began to cross that part of the trail, Holt said she felt the ground beneath her begin to give way, according to Tim Cavender with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services.

Holt said she jumped off the horse as it sank into the ground.  As the horse sank, it began to thrash around, causing itself to sink deeper into the hole.

A large animal rescue team with the Milton Fire and Rescue Department was called in to help pull the horse from the hole.

The rescue crew had to dig mud out of the hole before it could strap a harness around the horse. 

More than 2 1/2 hours after the call for help came in, the rescue team was able to lift the horse out of the hole.

Rescuers then put the horse on a sled and pulled it out of the woods. It was put it in a trailer and taken to the University of Georgia's Veterinary Hospital to get checked out.

Unfortunately, veterinarians had to put the horse down due to its injuries.

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