Friday, 10 June, 2016
Today saw the dramatic rescue of Poppy, a two year old horse who found herself stranded down a steep bank alongside rapidly rising flood water in Otaki Gorge.
This incredible multi-agency operation, including the SPCA’s National Rescue Unit, Massey University’s Veterinary Emergency Response Team, Palmerston North Rescue Emergency Support Team, Wellington Helicopters, local animal control and the Police, saw the horse successfully slung by helicopter to safety on dry land with only seconds to spare.
The stranded horse was spotted early on Friday morning and a call was put in to the SPCA’s National Rescue Unit at 8.30am. SPCA Wellington hosts the national specialist team and its Chief Executive Steve Glassey says the decision to deploy the team along with mutual aid partners was given urgency as the river was rapidly rising due to flash flooding.