AZ firefighters hoof it to unconventional pool rescue

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Firefighters work to rescue a horse in a Mesa pool. (Source: Mesa Fire Department) Firefighters work to rescue a horse in a Mesa pool. (Source: Mesa Fire Department)
The horse was up on all fours soon after. (Source: Mesa Fire Department) The horse was up on all fours soon after. (Source: Mesa Fire Department)
(Source: Mesa Fire Department) (Source: Mesa Fire Department)
(Source: Mesa Fire Department) (Source: Mesa Fire Department)
MESA, AZ (CBS5) -

Firefighters summoned extra horsepower in a surprising pool rescue in East Mesa on Saturday.

A family's horse was roaming in the backyard near University and Val Vista, apparently slipped and got stuck in about three feet of water.

Veterinarians had to tranquilize the mammal as fire crews used heavy straps to maneuver the animal safely out of the water.

The 12-year-old horse, named Stormy, is owned by the people who live at the home, and they apparently let it wander freely on the property, said Mesa Fire Capt. Forrest Smith.

The stallion managed to get too close to the pool and fell in.

The horse escaped injury and at last word was champing at the bit to get off and running to the pasture again.

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