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January 27, 2014

Rescuers save horse in Hamilton

Moonshine was 'up to her neck in mud and ice' after sinking in secluded marsh


Neighbor Kevin Bottomley said he called 911 after his daughter Amy Cavilla spotted the stuck horse while walking down the driveway toward Cutler Road.

“They just happened to hear the horse snort and looked over,” Bottomley said. “It was in the marsh, not the open water, and someone could have walked by and never saw her. I drove by 10 minutes earlier.”

He said he saw the horse’s owner walking Moonshine twice yesterday, and the horse seemed “energetic.” The horse was wearing a blanket and still covered in mud, he said.

“It was quite an effort,” Bottomley said of the rescue. “A lot of people came without hesitation.”

Those responding included Hamilton fire and police, Wenham fire, Topsfield fire, Beauport Ambulance, FEMA Task Force Cmdr. Mark Foster and Rehab 5. Manchester and Essex fire departments provided station coverage.

The crane was provided by Dodge Tree Service of Hamilton and the heavy wrecker by G & J Towing of Revere.

Both companies offered their services without being asked, Brand said.

The barn was closed last night, and the owner could not be reached for comment. The horse is owned by a woman who lives in Marblehead, Bottomley said.

Brand, who visited Moonshine yesterday, said she’s a lucky lady.

“The horse was in the swamp in the back, and no one would have seen her from the road,” he said. “She is pretty lucky that a person was walking by.”

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

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