PLYMOUTH COUNTY, Iowa (KTIV) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office says a horse that fell into a creek Tuesday has not survived.
The sheriff's office says the horse passed away about one hour after being removed from the water. The owner believes it was a combination of extreme hypothermia and age.
Authorities say there was no negligence on the part of the owner. It appears the horse lost its footing while trying to get a drink and slipped into the creek.
PLYMOUTH COUNTY, Iowa (KTIV) -- Plymouth County deputies came to the rescue after a horse got stuck in a creek.
According to the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office, on Feb. 18 deputies responded to a report of a horse that hat fallen through the ice and was stuck in a creek.
Deputies were sent to the 1900 block of Hickory Avenue where they found an exhausted horse that could no longer stand up and was lying down in the icy water.
The sheriff's office says they are equipped for ice and water rescued, but the horse did not have much time to to the amount of time they believed it had been in the water.
Deputies say they decided to call for the assistance of Stockton Towing, who responded with a heavy wreck that had a long boom arm. The boom arm was long enough to reach the horse's location, which was approximately 50 feet off the roadway.
Deputies say they got into the icy water with the horse in order to put a large strap under the horse so that the wrecker could pull the horse to safety out of the water.
The horse was successfully removed from the water and a veterinarian was called to the scene.
The current condition of the horse is unknown.