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300-Pound Shetland Pony Rescued From In-Ground Pool In Fairfield

Dash the pony, at far left in blanket, and friends after he was rescued from the pool.
Dash the pony, at far left in blanket, and friends after he was rescued from the pool. Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — It was an unusual rescue for the Fairfield Fire Department when they got a call Sunday that a pony was trapped in the deep end of a pool.

At about 4:40 p.m. Sunday, the Fairfield Fire Department received a request for assistance from a resident of Mill Hill Lane.

She told firefighters that her 300-pound Shetland pony had fallen into the pool behind her house.

Fairfield Engine 4, under the command of Lt. Brian McHugh, arrived and found that a small horse named Dash had fallen into the deep end of an in-ground pool.

The pony was trapped between the pool cover and the side of the pool, the fire department said in a Facebook post.

The owners had secured a rope on the horse’s bridle and were keeping his head above water.

Fairfield firefighters released the tie-down straps and with help of Fairfield Police Sgt. Greg Gunther pulled back the pool cover to free Dash.

Once he was free, Dash was guided by the rescuers to the shallow end of the pool and up the steps to safety.

"Although Dash was wet and a little traumatized from his accident, a walk around the yard with a warm blanket and a few close friends provided all that was needed to bring him back to happy," said the Facebook post.

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