Dorset

Horse cut free from cattle grid in Dorset

Fire crews rescue a stuck horse
Image caption The horse was sedated while crews cut it free

A horse had to be sedated so firefighters could cut it free after three of its legs became trapped in a cattle grid in Dorset.

Firefighters were called to Rowe Hill in Holt, near Wimborne, shortly before 2230 GMT on Friday.

The 14-year-old horse, called Merlin, was cared for by its owner and a vet while firefighters used a saw and hydraulic equipment to free the animal.

The uninjured horse was lifted to safety and taken to a barn to recover.

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