Horse trapped in Baylham, Suffolk, put down after fire crews unable to rescue it

Two fire crews were called to the incident. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Two fire crews were called to the incident. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

A horse trapped in Baylham, Suffolk, had to be put down on Saturday after it became trapped.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue was called shortly after 9am to reports that a horse was stuck in Mill Lane, Baylham.

Three crews attended – two from Princes Street in Ipswich and a third from Needham Market, to help try and free the animal.

It is not clear whether the horse had become stuck in a ditch, a bog or fencing.

Paul Goodman, group commander with Suffolk Fire and Rescue, said: “We attended to a horse that was stuck, and after discussions among the owners and the vet, it was decided it was in the best interests to be put down.

“That decision was a very tough one for the owners and the vet, but it was decided that was in the best interests of the animal.”

It is understood the horse was a 23-year-old shire horse which had belonged to the owners for a long time.