Firefighters rescue horse from Spokane swimming pool

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A group of Spokane Valley firefighters were called in to do a water rescue Tuesday morning after a 15-year-old mare stumbled into a swimming pool Monday night.

Around 9 a.m. firefighters responded to a home in the 17000 block of E. Montgomery Ave. where the horse, Missy, had found her way into the pool. Strong winds had blown down a section of a fence in the backyard of a home on Montgomery, allowing the horse to wander into the yard and into the pool.

The pool had been winterized and covered, and when she tore through the liner, the water in the pool drained out. If that hadn't been the case Missy might've drowned or died from hypothermia.

The owners, finding Missy in their pool, called 9-1-1 and firefighters, upon arrival, came up with a plan to build steps for her to climb out of the pool. Once the steps were completed Missy climbed out with only minor injuries.