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Dec 24, 2015 1:06 PM

Derry horse dies surrounded by the people who cared for him after getting stuck in the mud


DERRY - Firefighters got a call Thursday morning they don’t typically see too often. An 1,100 pound horse was stuck in the mud.

“Things happen. It was pouring cats and dogs last night, and he’s old and arthritic and he got stuck in the mud,” said owner Lori Dupont.

Dupont had her horse Stenson forever it seemed. He was 32-years-old and lived on her friend Dianne Benedict's property on Hampstead Road where she has a barn and fenced-in area. But after heavy rains and mild temperatures, the four-legged beauty found himself in need of serious help.

“It was boot-sucking mud. It caused this huge big vacuum underneath his belly,” said Benedict as she explained how she tried to remove the horse from the mud herself when she found him.

Everyone at the barn came together to try and lift Stenson from the mud. They said it looks as if he had spent all night thrashing and attempting to get out himself. Early pon Christmas Eve, they called in the fire department and thanks to their quick thinking, Stenson was rescued from the mud.

“They were here in 10 minutes and [they had] straps, plywood and lights. I couldn’t have gotten him out without their help,” said Benedict.

Finally freed, Stenson spent most of his morning on the barn floor surrounded by those that love him. But despite the firefighters best efforts and the involvement of a veterinarian, Stenson died later the same day.

“It’s in god’s hands now,” said Dupont.

Dupont offered her thanks to everyone who helped out, including the vet and the Derry Fire Department -- and of course the barn’s owner, Benedict.

“I wouldn’t have trusted anyone with him except for her,” said Dupont.

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