Dramatic video footage has emerged of a horse being rescued by volunteers from Limerick Animal Welfare, firemen, gardai and members of the public on the outskirts of Limerick city last night.
A woman out walking her dog spotted the horse stuck at around 7pm in the Groody River and contacted Limerick Animal Welfare.
Volunteers and members of the emergency services prevented the animal from drowning as they pulled weak and malnourished horse to safety from under the Groody bridge.
According to Limerick Animal Welfare, the animal was suffering from hypothermia and shock and couldn’t stand.
Two units of the Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service responded to the emergency call and winched the horse up the steep embankment to safety.
It was taken to Ballybrown Equine Clinic where it is being cared for by vets.
The horse, who has been named Heather, after the lady who saw it - Heather Lenharth with her son Michael Williams.